ODESSA — King senior Kelsey Gibson planned to arrive at Silver Dollar Golf Club about an hour early for Monday's Class 2A-10 district tournament.
But plans don't always work out. And Gibson is usually at her best when she is pressed against the minute hand. It hasn't been rare to see her hopping out of her car running to the tee, socks and shoes in hand.
It didn't help that her car ran out of gas on the way to the course Monday. She arrived about eight minutes before her 8 a.m. tee time, enough time for two warmup swings and a jog to the first tee.
"It actually went pretty well," Gibson said with a laugh. "It got me warm. I was out of breath at the first tee, but I was all warmed up."
Battling the morning cold, a runny nose and a rustling wind, Gibson then went on to shoot 3-over-par 75, including 1-under 34 on the back nine, to place first by two strokes over Plant sophomore Laura Hendee.
"It definitely affects the technical aspect of my game," Gibson said of her late arrival. "I didn't know how I was hitting. I didn't know how I was swinging. I was kind of battling my swing today. I usually plan on getting here an hour ahead and be able to warm up. Basically I went in blind."
Plant dominated team play, with three players placing in the top four. The Panthers won their 11th straight district tournament. Hendee placed second, fellow sophomore Kelsey Eisch was third (83) and junior Laura Binkowski placed fourth (89).
"We kind of hoped we would have played a little bit better," Plant coach Vernon Korhn said. "Conditions were tough out there. This morning it was cold. The girls have been playing in heat all year, and when you throw in the wind as a factor that made it even more difficult. It definitely affected some shots."
Gaither, led by Morgan Litchfield's 91 and Allison Mackay's 95, placed second. King placed third. All three advanced to regionals, as did qualifiers Mika Grant (Chamberlain), Gabrielle Mangru (Alonso) and Shannon Ogborn (Sickles).
Team scores: Plant 352, Gaither 403, King 422
Plant: Kelsey Eisch 83, Laura Hendee 77, Kaitlin McPeak 108, Laura Binkowski 89, Ashwni Bhide 103
Gaither: Allison Mackay 95, Sara McMahon 101, Morgan Litchfield 91, Christine Miller 116, Jessica McMahon 152
King: Kelsey Gibson 75, Gabrielle Holub 110, Carly Stillwell 114, Heather Bingaman 124, Sarah Bush 123
Region individual qualifiers: Mika Grant (Chamberlain) 92, Gabrielle Mangru (Alonso) 103, Shannon Ogborn (Sickles) 104