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Hopkins is State 6A Golf Champion

posted May 5, 2018, 3:32 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 5, 2018, 3:35 AM ]
On Thursday, May 3 Lady Bruin golfer Faith Hopkins claimed the 2018 Class 6A State Girls Championship at Bartlesville's Hillcrest Country Club. John Tranchina of the Tulsa World quoted Faith as saying, "Having it here on my home course, having my friends and family here, all the love, I'm really trying to soak it all in. I felt a lot of pressure - not bad pressure, just expectations from people in the community to do it for Bartlesville and get this done. I like that pressure. I tend to thrive under those circumstances, so that worked out pretty well for me."

This was Hopkins' fourth year to play in the state tournament. In November, she signed a National Letter of Intent with the Oklahoma State University Cowgirls.  She was a 2017 Tulsa World all-area first team selection and a leader on the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour, and last May Faith was the top vote-getter in the All-NEOK Area Golf team poll. Her activities off the course include National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Special Olympics coach, City Youth Leadership Team, and the 2017 TransAmerica Scholastic Honor Roll.

Mike Tupa of the Examiner-Enterprise shared that Lady Bruin golfer Emma Shelley, who finished seventh in the tournament, said, "This was something she really, really wanted and something she worked hard for. It's fitting she won it on her home course....she deserved to win. This was her tournament."

Emma Shelley was recognized in April as an Examiner-Enterprise & Patriot GMC Hyundai Athlete of the Week. As a junior, she has qualified for state three times, and both her parents are accomplished golfers. 

Edmond North claimed the team championship at the two-day state tournament, with Bartlesville taking fourth. In the tournament, Hopkins scored 146 and Shelley 162, with fellow Lady Bruins Erin Shoemaker at 181, Hannah Smith at 205, and Presley Parks at 222.

Faith Hopkins
Faith Hopkins is the 2018 Class 6A State Champion in Girls Golf

Emma Shelley
Junior Emma Shelley placed 7th at the state tournament and was named an Athlete of the Week in April by the Examiner-Enterprise & Patriot GMC Hyundai