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'Different situation' | NCAA teams, Bartlesville finish tournament after tornado

Posted at 10:36 AM, May 08, 2024
and last updated 2024-05-08 16:10:36-04

There's extensive damage throughout parts of the Bartlesville area after Monday night's storms.

The Hillcrest Country Club is one area damaged in the storm.

The National Weather Service is still surveying damage to rate the storm. The same tornado that caused damage in Barnsdall continued into Bartlesville.

SEE MORE: Storm damage in Bartlesville

Golf was the last thing on anyone's mind as the storm hit, but 16 hours later the sport helped lift spirits.

Hillcrest Country Club is the site of the NCAA D2 Central Regional Golf Tournament. Rogers State University is hosting the tournament.

Organizers said the storm hitting during the event put everything in a new light.

"Kind of put in a different situation, not only was I worrying about my family but the NCAA family and all the guests here at the Hillcrest Country Club," said John Hron, head professional at the club.

The tournament features nine teams across five different states. The second round had a delayed and finished later on May 7. The last round is on May 8— track winners here. The top three teams and top two individuals not on an advancing team will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Hron said the groundskeepers did a great job cleaning up the course. He also said the teams here for the tournament all offered to help.

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