ENNIS - A brief conversation between Waxahachie coach Terri Siebert and Red Oak coach Trish Garcia said it all after each placed first and second at an Ennis golf tournament that didn’t attract very many competitors to the Ennis Country Club Thursday afternoon.
“We’ll see you next week in a rubber match,” Siebert said to Garcia as the Waxahachie team was set to board its vehicle to go have lunch and then the high school.
Waxahachie finished tops with a 381 score; Red Oak finished second at 384.
Third place went to Mansfield Legacy with a 415 score.
And that was it. The list of tournament teams stopped there. The rest of the field either didn’t have enough players (minimum of four) to count toward a team score or there were one of two medalist participating.
But that didn’t stop the Waxahachie and Red Oak golfers from being in a celebratory mood afterwards.
And the rubber match Siebert alluded to was the district tournament which will be played at the same course next week.
“Let’s just hope that the wind come district won’t be anything like it was today,” Garcia said. “All I could tell our girls was that to try to play through it, everyone else was.”
Everyone else meaning players from Waxahachie, who combined, played well enough in very windy conditions to come out ahead.
Waxahachie had four players compete and were led by Ana Englehardt with a 91.
Elena Thomas followed with a 96, finishing just ahead of Christy Stephens and Julia Bunch, who each shot a 97.
For Red Oaks’ Garcia, it was hard to mince words after one of her top players, Carley Dear, didn’t shoot in the 70s for the first time this year.
Usually one to take home first-place hardware as an individual, Dear had to settle with an 86 score.
To compound her day even more was the fact she was playing alongside Victoria Vela, of Mansfield Timberview, who shot a tourney-best 71.Vela was the lone entry for her school.
The other Red Oak golfers to have their scores count toward team points were Kelsey Thomas (87), Kara Kistner (102) and Mikayla Davis (109).
Teammates Hope Wuersch and Carling Everett also competed.
On the boys’ side, a couple of Decatur teams finished one and two, followed by Mesquite Horn and Alvarado.
No Ellis County boys teams participated.