Stillwater News Press

High School Sports

June 21, 2013

Pioneer Playday sees plenty of firsts

STILLWATER, Okla. — It only seemed fitting that the afternoon golf session of the Pioneer Playday came down to a chip-off for the first time in 22 years Friday at the Stillwater Country Club.

From the 49 early birds who showed up at the crack of dawn for the first run to the packed house for the first fashion show, this year’s edition offered several new twists on what has become a classic Stillwater event.

“Carolyn (Walstad) and the rest of the group are always trying to look for something more,” Stillwater Athletic Director Tucker Barnard said. “They’re trying to grow the event and involve more people. One of the things they kind of felt was that it was kind of perceived as a golf-only event. ... I think they came up with some great ideas. It was the first year for some of these components but I think we’re going to see this thing continue to grow into a bigger and better event.”

But it wasn’t just about the newest additions to this year’s playday. It was also about new faces — including Stillwater girls basketball coach Clay Stephens, who made his first public appearance in Stillwater since he was hired.

“It was the first for coach Stephens and he had a great time out on the course,” Walstad said. “He came up to me afterward and said, ‘I’m finding out what it means to have Pioneer pride. That makes my heart smile because I bleed blue and gold. My passion is with the Pioneers, and these athletes work so hard and do the best they can with all that we have.”

Stephens wasn’t the only new face wandering in and out of the newly remodeled Country Club clubhouse. Whether it was to take part in the fashion show or just to glance wishingly at the items in the silent auction, Barnard said he heard nothing but positive responses regarding the playday.

“I’ve talked to people about the events that have never been here before,” Barnard said. “They never came to Pioneer Playday because it was a golf event, but there was a big group of people here this morning. It was just a great move by that group to look for other ways to involve new people.”

Asked what Walstad plans to do for an encore next season, the Stillwater cheer coach gave a wry smile — hinting that her group has something up their sleeves.

“We really want it to be more than just an auction and playday golf,” Walstad said. “We’re very excited with the turnouts and the excitment and energy from the new additions. Next year, we’re already talking about adding a tennis tournament. It’s going to be a full day of fun at the Stillwater Country Club.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
High School Sports
Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
NDN Video
Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid"
Must Read