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Originally posted May 4, 2012
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Union golfers including Emma Allen (left) and Nadia Majidi watch as Erica Carangalan is high-fived by coach Lindsay Jones after they won the Class 6A state tournament. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World ... More photos here at Tulsa World
Union girls golf team caps perfect season with second straight 6A state title
BY JIMMIE TRAMEL Tulsa World Sports Writer
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
MUSKOGEE - Happy birthday, Erica Carangalan.
Union's lone senior celebrated her 18th birthday on the same day that she and her teammates celebrated a second consecutive Class 6A girls state golf championship. The Redskins fired consecutive rounds of 303 and won by 25 shots over runner-up Edmond North.
After Wednesday's opening round at Muskogee Country Club, Carangalan and her pals joked that her family had planned really well many years ago to allow Carangalan to simultaneously play for a state title and turn 18 on the same day.
Everything seemed to go according to plan for Union each of the last two springs. The Redskins have won 17 tournaments in a row dating to last season. All five Redskins were among the top 12 placers at the 2012 state tournament. They were supposed to win, and they did.
"We had a perfect season," Carangalan said. "The pressure to win this was kind of heavy, but not really because if you have one person carrying the weight, it's hard. But if you have five people, it's a breeze because I know I can depend on my team."
Edmond North junior Allison Sell became the first person from her school ever to win medalist honors at the state tournament, turning in rounds of 73-74 for a two-shot margin over Union sophomores Emma Allen and Anna Kim.
"Yesterday I was striking the ball really well, but my short game was killing me," Sell said after the final round. "Today it was the complete opposite. My chipping was saving me all day."
Sell said she needed only 11 putts over the final nine holes.
Muskogee's Catrina Pearson staged a clinic on how to finish a career. Only one player in the field broke par during either round and she did it with a 1-under par 70 at her home course Thursday. That allowed her to salvage fourth place before heading to Grand Canyon University in Arizona. You could tell by the tears on Pearson's face that the farewell round meant something to her.
"I'm a senior," she said. "I'm graduating."
Union junior Nadia Majidi placed fifth. Carangalan and Jenks' Mackenzie Medders tied for 10th and Union sophomore Marla Souvannasing was one shot behind them.
Union had never won a state championship in girls golf before last year. Coach Lindsay Jones said returning players immediately committed to trying to win another title. She said they accomplished the feat because they are "fighters."
"They grind it out," Jones said. "It's not always going to be pretty golf when you watch us, but somehow or another they manage to get it in the hole."
Translated, the Redskins don't hit every fairway and green.
"What she means is we always have shots that are way out of left field," Carangalan said. "Like, I will hit them in the trees and I will hit out of the trees into the bunker and hit up and make the putt. It's a par. It may not have been pretty. But it's still a par, right?"
After the trophy presentation, Carangalan said she and her teammates were headed to Chili's to celebrate the big day. She wanted a state championship for her birthday and got it, but expressed one regret. She said she wishes her grandmother ("my biggest supporter") was around to share the experience. Carangalan said her grandmother died following Christmas in 2010.
The Redskins, after sending their only senior out on top, will try for three in a row in 2013.
At Muskogee Country Club, par 71
|1. Union||303-303 - 606|
|2. Edmond North||317-314 - 631|
|3. Jenks||327-328 - 655|
|4. Broken Arrow||328-338 - 666|
|5. Mustang||345-332 - 677|
|6. Choctaw||345-336 - 681|
|7. Kelley||352-358 - 710|
|8. Edmond Santa Fe||357-365 - 722|
|9. Owasso||369-357 - 726|
|10. Edmond Memorial||370-363 - 733|
|11. Southmoore||380-362 - 742|
|12. Muskogee||378-370 - 748|
|13. Ponca City||389-370 - 759|
|1, Allison Sell, Edmond North||73-74 - 147|
|T2, Emma Allen, Union||75-74 - 149|
|T2, Anna Kim, Union||75-74 - 149|
|4, Catrina Pearson, Muskogee||80-70 - 150|
|5, Nadia Majidi, Union||76-75 - 151|
|6, Maddie Luitwieler, Ed. North||73-79 - 152|
|7, Anna Mikish, Choctaw||78-75 - 153|
|8, Charter Lawson, Mustang||76-78 - 154|
|9, Kina Boone, Choctaw||77-79 - 156|
|T10, Mackenzie Medders, Jenks||79-79 - 158|
|T10, Erica Carangalan, Union||78-80 - 158|
Bartlesville: Kylie Eason 92-94 - 186.
Bixby: Shelby Humbyrd 92-76 - 168.
Broken Arrow: Mikayla Rosser 81-83 - 164, Brinlee Denison WD, Kailey Collier 82-86 - 168, Bailey Price 83-83 - 186, Brooke Fern 82-86 - 168.
Choctaw: Raegan Barnes 91-86 - 177, Marriah Jobe 99-96 - 195, Erika Patterson 112-103 - 215.
Edmond Memorial: Caitlin Wilguess 89-94 - 183, Alex Heinze 88-92 - 180, Sierra Campbell 97-88 - 185, Jordan Garrett 96-94 - 190, Kayla Olivero 97-89 - 186.
Edmond North: Jordyn Altenburg 84-81 - 165, Karlyn Willis 92-80 - 172, Maddie Herron 87-88 - 175.
Edmond Santa Fe: Brinn Farris 84-88 - 172, Jobi Heath 80-80 - 160, Ashley Moore 97-97 - 194, Janee Clark 96-100 - 196, Cayla Clouse 102-104 - 206.
Enid: Megan Shewey 89-87 - 176, Morgan Carris 93-81 - 174.
Jenks: Kylie Staggs 81-81 - 162, Anna Kroll 88-85 - 173, Olivia Bersin 84-83 - 167, Ariel Wixson 83-88 - 171.
Kelley: Megan Ramos 82-86 - 168, Madi Garcia 87-88-175, Ashlyn McCorkle 90-82 - 172, Danielle Cain 99-102 - 201, Emily Meador 93-108 - 201.
Lawton: Kailyn Fletcher 100-100 - 200.
Lawton Ike: Taylor Rainey 95-92 - 187.
Moore: Taylor Greteman 85-86 - 171.
Muskogee: Adrianna Wilson 91-94 - 185, Michaela Stevenson 97-104 - 201, Sydnie Rosson 110-102 - 212, Katie Matthews 131-115 - 146.
Mustang: June Tigert 81-82 - 163, Kaylee Neff 92-81 - 173, Alyssa Cardwell 96-91 - 187, Mackenzie Woodward 103-90 - 193.
Norman: Faith Walkley 96-93 - 189.
Norman North: Bailey Belcoff 110-96 - 206.
Ponca City: Kailye Anderson 95-82 - 177, Madison Peresko 89-90 - 179, Kelsey Cotham 98-91 - 189, Kaylie Gillespie WD, Kate Baldwin 107-107 - 214.
Putnam North: Jessica Blankenship 83-78 - 161.
Owasso: Lexi Armon 83-88 - 171, Haley O'Dell 105-89 - 194, Sarah Williams 92-89 - 181, Ivory Stauner 95-92 - 187, Jordan Michaela 99-91 - 190.
Sapulpa: Kaylee Hacker 103-89 - 192.
Southmoore: Jessica Se 94-86 - 180, Cassidy Herbster 89-87 - 176, Taylor Peden 97-90 - 187, McKenna Koehl 113-107 - 220, Becca Layman 100-99-199.
Stillwater: Gabbie Shelton 81-85-166.
Union: Marla Souvannasing 77-82 - 159.
Westmoore: Karissa Thomas 88-88 - 176, Kylie Johnson 116-108 - 224.
Union's Emma Allen putts on the final green during the Thursday's Class 6A state championship at Muskogee Country Club. Allen, one of four Union golfers in the top 10, finished second behind Edmond North's Allison Sell. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World