GHS golf teams vying for return to regionials and more

With their respective District 7-4A Golf Tournaments next week, both coaches at Granbury High feel as though their teams are playing their best at the right time.

Both tournaments are at Pecan Valley in Fort Worth, with the boys playing Monday and Tueday and the girls Tuesday and Wednesday.

Coach Becky Addison’s Lady Pirates are coming off their most solid showing of the season, shooting a 384 to win the Mansfield Lake Invitational at Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie.

“This was a great finish for our spring tournament play,” said Addison. “The girls were very excited about our team total. They know if they can post this score or better during our two-day district tournament we have a great chance of returning to the regional tournament.

“Aledo is definitely the district favorite. Having made the trip to state last year, they are looking pretty good to make a repeat trip based on their tournament scores this season. But we have made great strides with these young ladies, and we believe we are the second-best team in our district.”

Chelsea Judge was the top medalist at Tangle Ridge, shooting an 89. Myranda Allen was second with a 96, and Juliana Eckley third with a 97. Skylar Woodward and Hannah Prewitt both finished with a 102.

Addison is hoping to take a team to regionals for a sixth consecutive season. This is her 11th year at Granbury, and in nine of the first 10 she advanced a team or individual to regional competition.

As for the boys, coach Steve Ward’s team is confident it can make its most serious run at a state berth since getting there in 2002. The Pirates are led by Travis Benson, finished third in the state individually last season and has signed to play for the University of New Mexico in the fall.

In addition, while the Pirates graduated just one player from last season’s fifth-place regionals team, they had Justin Largent move in. Largent was a top-1o regional player at Class 3A Rusk last season.

“We are very excited this year as a team,” said Ward. “The depth on this team is really competitive and guys are still fighting for spots.

“I like how the guys are working hard and are focused for the goal at hand.”

Like the girls, Ward sees Aledo as the top competitor.

“District will be tough with the likes of Aledo and Arlington Heights,” he said. “We will have to be on our game to get out of district.”

The top two teams from district advance to the Region I Tournament at Diamondback Golf Course in Abilene. The boys will compete there April 15-16, and the girls will be there April 17-18.

There is a change at regionals, however, this season. Now the top three teams and top three individuals will advance to state, up one from before.

Had this rule been in place in 2011, the Pirates would have advanced to state.

“This is anybody’s game, and I like our chances,” said Ward. “The guys have put the time in, worked hard, and have had a fun year. Hopefully, it will continue until the end of April at the state tournament in Austin at Onion Creek Golf Course.”

The state tournament for the boys and girls is April 29-30.

Likewise, Addison also sees Arlington Heights as a challenger for a regional berth.

“I believe player for player we are better. We just have to show up next week with our ‘A’ game and everything else will fall in place,” she said.

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