Monday, May 20, 2024

Tolar, Lipan golfers headed to state

Lady Rattlers make history with first regional title

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Last season good friends Hanna Gaylor of Lipan and Callan Nix of Tolar qualified for the Class 2A Girls State Golf Tournament together with a 1-2 finish at the regional tournament. This season they are making a return, with Nix taking the regional championship and Gaylor the runner-up.

And they are bringing some friends and family with them. The Lady Rattlers won the regional team championship and Gaylor will be joined by her younger brother, Court, who was the regional runner-up in the boys tournament.

It’s the first time a Tolar golf team has won a regional championship and the first time they’ve sent an entire team to state since 2003.

Both tournaments were played at the Old Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris, the boys on April 15-16 and the girls on April 17-18. 

The 2A State Tournaments are at Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin. The boys play April 29-30 and the girls play May 6-7.

The Lady Rattlers posted a team total of 710 (356-354) to best runner-up Quinlan Boles by 60 shots. Nix had rounds of 75 and 77 for a 152 total, two shots ahead of Hanna Gaylor at 154 (76-78).

Court Gaylor posted a 147 (73-74) as the Indians shot 673 (336-337) as a team for eighth. Darius Steed added a 159 (84-75) for Lipan’s boys.

This is Hanna Gaylor’s third consecutive trip to state. Last season she finished third, while Nix, in her first season at state, was right behind in fourth place.

The Lady Rattlers qualified for regionals by winning the District 11-2A Tournament, where Hanna Gaylor was the top medalist and Nix was runner-up. The Indians won the 11-2A Tournament for the boys and Court Gaylor was the district champion.