TRINITY — In the words of Durant's Madison Opfer, this year has been "a very odd season" for the sophomore golfer.
Opfer, who shot 75-79 at the state tournament as a freshman last year to finish eighth overall, had difficulties staying consistent during the regular season. Last week at the district tournament Opfer was one of two players to break 80, but still felt her "A" game hadn't arrived.
Tuesday it did at the 2A-4 region tournament at Heritage Springs.
Opfer recorded the afternoon's lowest round by four strokes, firing 4-under 67 to handily win the individual region crown. And with a team score of 328, the Cougars took second place to ensure Opfer won't be lonely during next week's state tournament.
"Sometimes I just was having days where I just didn't play smart. I didn't play the holes the way they should have been played," Opfer said. "But I feel like today I played smart and I kept my head in the game and I just stayed steady, not allowing myself to falter."
Opfer's winning round was flawless. She birdied four holes and parred the rest.
"I feel like I was able to show up today and prove myself," she said. "My 37 (regular-season) scoring average really isn't me all the way, so I think 67 is a little closer."
Durant defeated Plant (334) by six strokes for the runnerup spot and a spot in the state tournament. Besides Opfer, the Cougars were led by Ericka Wardzinski (76), Kerrie Reinhardt (89) and Lauren Hirschey (96).
Durant will be joined by King's Kelsey Gibson at the state tournament. Gibson qualified after firing even-par 71, which tied Dunedin's Justine Knox for second place behind Opfer.
Plant was paced by Kelsey Eisch (77), who finished ninth overall, and Laura Benkowski (79), who was 12th.
Mitchell (322), behind 73 from Megan Van Etten and 74 from Rebecca Van Etten, won the regional crown by six strokes over Durant.
Wharton placed fifth with a 358 team score behind Nina Hwang's 77. Riverview (378) took sixth, Gaither (412) came in eighth and King (421) was ninth.