Broken Arrow Express
Taylor Dobson has a bright future on the greens, having already signed to play at the University of Tulsa. For now, the 2016 Broken Arrow graduate is making the best of her prep career.
She shot a career-low 65 on April 3 to win the Owasso Invitational at the Owasso Golf and Athletic Club
It was a big thrill for her.
“It meant a lot because I haven’t had everything going for me this season,” said Dobson, the daughter of Shannon Dobson, the school’s baseball coach. “To finally get it all together, it meant a lot and it gave me a lot more confidence for the rest of the season for sure.
“I think the key was probably just my short game,” she said. “Probably like 80 yards and in. That was the main thing, because I didn’t play super long. But you still had to get in the hole and that was my main shot that got me close.”
The most memorable shot for Dobson came on the par-5 15th hole, which covered 510 yards, the shortest par-5 on the course.
“I hit my drive in the fairway and then I was about 180 yards from the hole,” she said. “I hit it and looked out as a double-eagle. I almost made it, but I got an eagle.”
She followed her Owasso performance by placing fourth 13 days later in the 6A State Preview at The Club at Indian Springs Lakes Course. Dobson carded 75 and tied for third in that tournament, but lost a scorecard playoff to Bailey Blake of Edmond Deer Creek.
The Golf Club of Oklahoma in her hometown of Broken Arrow is her favorite course to play on. Another she likes is Fairfax Golf Club in Edmond. “That course, you have to hit in specific spots,” she said. “There is not too many that are my favorite, but I like them all.”
One course Dobson and the other Lady Tigers played this year that was challenging was Dornick Hills Country Club in Ardmore at the end of March. Many junior golf events have been played at Dornick Hills, and dozens of eventual PGA professionals once played in a major men’s college tournament that had been played there for 17 years.
“That one is a really good course. I really like that one. It’s definitely a shots course where you have to be in the right place at the right time,” Dobson said.
Dobson actually had a successful performance on the 16th hole, which requires driving over a cliff from the fairways to the green.
“That one is crazy. I actually got a birdie on that one. I hit my drive, and the wind was with us, so it pushed it pretty far and I went for it in two (shots) and I was about 150 out. So I went for it and I hit about 10 feet.”
The favorite thing about golf for Dobson is how calm the sport can be.
“I feel like it’s more of an individual sport,” she said. “I like just being to myself and be able to think about all kinds of stuff to do on a shot. My dad has really helped me a lot with that. I like how it’s more of a mental game. You got to be tougher than other people.”
Paula Creamer is Dobson’s favorite professional golfer. She also likes Tiger Woods despite his recent struggles.
“He is not playing very good right now,” Dobson said. “I like how he has always come back. I’ve wanted to play his style of golf.”
Dobson would finish the regular season as a state runner-up when she shot 147 (75-72) at the state tournament in early May at the Club of Indian Springs. She finished three shots behind freshman Yujeong Song of Norman who won with 144 swings, carding a 72 in each round. She did three shots better than Kaitlin Milligan of Norman North, a senior who is committed to the University of Oklahoma. Milligan finished in third with 150 (77-73).
Broken Arrow placed fourth at state in the team standings (347-338-685). Placing ahead of the Lady Tigers were state champion Owasso (342-316-658), Norman (334-341-675) and Edmond Deer Creek (343-339-682).