MIDLOTHIAN – When it comes to the Midlothian girls golf program, there is a tradition in place where girls come in, improve their game and find their way on to a college roster. Taylor Chalmers’ signing last week kept that tradition alive and well.
Chalmers, one of the senior leaders on this year’s Lady Panther roster, capped an exciting three-week stretch by signing her letter of intent to play college golf at Adams State College in Colorado. For Chalmers, the move out of Texas was a goal she set and couldn’t be happier to reach.
“I’ve always loved the state of Colorado and it’s really the only choice I had for going out of state,” Chalmers said with a laugh. “I didn’t consider any other places. Colorado was my only choice. It was either Colorado or Texas.”
After the Lady Panthers hit a bump in the road last season, Chalmers was one of the players in the program determined to get the team back on track. By the end of the year, she had helped the team do just that.
Chalmers and the Lady Panthers capped their efforts with a second-place finish at the District 5-5A golf tournament, the program’s first 5A meet, earning a spot at the 5A Region I tournament in Lubbock. Midlothian struggled in day one competition at Lubbock but rallied back to finish 12th as a team. The regional berth marked the ninth time in the last 10 years that the Midlothian girls golf team has advanced to regionals.
Along the way, Chalmers and her teammates all averaged scores in the 80s for the season, setting a school record. Her success on the course helped Chalmers get noticed by the Division II program, which quickly worked to make her a part of their program.
Midlothian coach Brant Bennett was more than happy for his senior but not surprised that the opportunity had presented itself.
“The tradition that’s been set for a while with the girls, like Taylor, is that’s the expectation now is that they’re going to go on and play college golf,” Bennett said. “When they come in, that’s what they expect to do. She’s just going to help grow that as well.”
While she might be moving on to the next level of competition, Chalmers hopes to have left a small impact on the Lady Panther program in two ways – that the team can compete at the 5A level and that college golf is a dream that can be realized.
Chalmers believes the program is in good shape to keep winning and keep producing talent. She’s just glad to have helped add to that legacy.
“It feels amazing. It just shows how much our team is growing and putting forth effort and how competitive that we all can be,” Chalmers said. “If we see a goal that we want, we will go after it. All of us, not only myself, are all capable of it.”
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