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GHS girls’ golf season ends abruptly; parents say GHS failed to notify the team of the correct date of the regional tournament

April 25, 2012

What might have been a lack of communication concerning the date of the regional tournament for the Guymon High School girls’ golf team resulted in the team being forced to forfeit the regional tournament and a likely denial of eligibility for competition at the state level.

Guymon officials believed the tournament was April 26.

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association scheduled the tournament for April 24 in Ardmore. That schedule was released last August, according to the OSSAA.

“Their hearts are broken. They’re crushed,” said Randy Chase, the father of junior Taylor Chase, one of the top golfers on the team.
“They denied the girls the opportunity to compete at State or the High School All Star Classic,” he said.

“Our coach and our AD (athletic director) thought it was Thursday,” Chase said.

“It was a mistake and it was a huge mistake,” he said, adding that he was very upset.

Chase said Tuesday night that he had an appointment to meet with Superintendent Doug Melton on Wednesday and that he and other parents of members of the girls’ golf team might address the matter with the school board.

“My daughter will survive this. She has a good heart and a good mind,” Chase said.

GHS Athletic Director Tyler Chapman said Tuesday afternoon that Guymon Public Schools administration had requested that media inquiries be directed to the school district administration.

Attempts to reach Melton were unsuccessful.

Assistant Superintendent Mike Parkhurst called the error a “tragic mistake. I think everybody regrets that it happened.

“It’s like a perfect storm of mistakes that happened,” Parkhurst said.
“The bottom line is the administration didn’t catch this. This is a huge tragedy for our girls on the golf team. We regret the effects it has had on the girls on the team,” he said.

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