Tournament showing has coach thinking regionals

In something of a sneak preview for the upcoming District 7-4A Tournament, the Granbury Lady Pirates shot 595 over 27 holes at Pecan Valley Golf Course this past weekend in the Arlington Heights Invitational.

The Granbury A team shot 401 the first day and 194 the second day, which was shortened to nine holes because of weather. They finished fifth overall, but only one team from their district, Aledo at 519, shot better.

Aledo and Northwest tied for the top spot in the tournament.

“Had this been the district tournament we would have gone to regionals as the second-place team from our district,” said Lady Pirate coach Becky Addison, who has made a habit out of getting her squad to regionals and state over more than a decade since she arrived.

“I thought the girls did very well, considering they had never played the River Course before (one of two courses at Pecan Valley, and on which district will be played).”

The Lady Pirates played the Hills Course Saturday. District will be on the River Course only.

Chelsea Judge led Granbury A, shooting 144 (98-46). She was 15th among medalists.

Katie Vu of Northwest topped all medalists with a 117 (79-38).

Also for Granbury A, Skylar Woodward shot 146 (97-49), Hannah Prewitt had a 154 (108-46), Myranda Allen shot 155 (102-53), and Juliana Eckley shot 158 (104-54).

“I truly expect the scores to drop come district,” Addison continued.

“They are working really hard and pushing one another in practice for positions. They have their sights set on making it to the regional tournament, so I know they will show up and compete hard come district.”

The four lowest scores after each round comprise the team total.

Just as she at this tournament, Addison expects to field two teams at district. The Lady Pirates B squad, which is comprised entirely of freshmen, shot 712 (493-219) and finished seventh.

Tifton Puckett led the B team with a 174 (116-58), Alexis Gapinski followed with a 175 (121-54), Laurel Burns posted a 181 (129-52), Madeline Phillips came in at 182 (127-55), and Kayla Curtis finished in 192 (133-59).

“They have shown great improvement this spring,” Addison said of the freshmen. “These are the five most competitive freshmen I have had in many years.

“I am very excited about our chances of advancing from district after this weekend’s play. In the meantime, we’ll just keep working hard in practice.”