DENTON – The Waxahachie Indians girls’ golf team has a lot to feel good about following the second day of the Region II-4A Girls Golf Tournament Friday at Robson Ranch Golf Course.
For a team that placed second in District 14-5A, Waxahachie was able to outscore district champ Midlothian by seven strokes.
Waxahachie’s only senior, Kelsey Stovall, placed as an alternate to the state tournament after she earned the seventh best individual total of the two-day tournament. The announcement that she was an alterate came during an awards ceremony a few minutes after Highland Park and Frisco teams had concluded their second rounds.
As far as which teams advanced to the state tournament in Austin, it was Highland Park’s first team with a 311-295—606 score. Frisco placed second at 341-345—686.
Both of them advanced to the state tournament.
Waxahachie gained valuable ground the second day scorewise after it was able to finish two spots better than its previous day.
A 367-364—731 score assured Waxahachie of that, and in the process, it was able to pass Hallsville (362-373—735) and Midlothian (364-374—738).
“I thought it was important for us to finish in the top half of the field,” Waxahachie coach Terri Siebert said.
The Indians were able to accomplish that because everyone of the golfers finished tied or better than their previous day.
Stovall finished at 81-81—162 to lead her team.
Ana Englehardt continued to perform better in the back nine as she improved by two strokes 94-92—186.
Elena Thomas finished at 96 both days to finish at 192.
Christy Stephens played better by a stroke 96-95—191.
The biggest turnaround came from Julia Bunch, who improved by 20 strokes.
She had a 125-105-230 score.
Siebert had predicted on Monday that Bunch would be able to turn her game around.
However, the one golfer to produce consistent results was Stovall.
Her performance enabled her to place eighth best among the individual category behind a trio of Highland Park golfers, Red Oak’s Carly Dear (78-78—156) and Frisco Centennial’s Krisha Fadullon (83-75—158).
Since Lila Barton, Steffi Scholer and Claire Straty were part of a Highland Park No. 1 team that was crowned regional champ, Dear and Fadullon automatically qualified for state.
“The thing about this course was how much distance there was between tees; it was much greater than I had been used to walking, plus it was so hot,” Stovall said. “I could have played better but those things really affected me.”
Stovall said she began to struggle some when she started her second hole in the back nine, which would have put the sun at around high noon. With very little wind, the humidity was a little to much to bear for some.
Still, Stovall was satisfied that she was able to break even from Monday when she also struggled in the back nine.
“Towards the end of the tournament (Tuesday), I kept thinking about my teammates and how they had told me to enjoy this because it was my last high school tournament,” Stovall said. “Also, I didn’t want to let them down and come back with bad scores so that motivated me.”
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