For possibly the first time in school history, a Louise girls golf team will be heading to the State tournament. The Louise Lady Hornets had a third-place finish at Regionals in Corpus Christi at the Oso Golf Course last Thursday. With the top three finish, the Lady Hornets booked a slot at Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin May 13-14.
“I think it’s crazy knowing that we used to play golf to get out of school, but now we’re playing and going to State,” senior Madison Bartlett said.
In the two-day tournament, the Lady Hornets shot a 912. On the second day of play, they cut their strokes down by 22 and edged out Weimar to place fourth in the Region.
“Everybody contributed to the team,” junior Madison Delossantos said. “If you look at our scores, they are all super close and that’s what we needed.”
Even at the end of the tournament, the girls knew they played well but were still unsure if it was enough to send them through. At the end of the tournament, the girls waited with all the other teams to find out their fates.
“The (officials) said, also qualifying for State, and we were like, ‘Also qualifying for State?’ Coach (Joe) Bill said, ‘I think we’re going to State!’ and my heart stopped.”
“I’m very proud of them for them to battle the way they did,” Bill said. “(The first day) we didn’t play very well, but then (the second day) they were relaxed and played like they didn’t have anything to lose.”
The Regional tournament was unlike anything Louise had experienced. Most days are spent not at a golf course, but on the practice field by the highway. At Regionals, everything was grand, with officals announcing who is on the tee box and a large number of people standing watching you tee off, this was also the first time the Lady Hornets had seen sand traps this season.
“I was so nervous, I was shaking,” sophomore Erica George said of her first time on the tee box.
“We had to tee off in front of everybody, all the other groups were watching,” sophomore Avery Lewis said.
The girls were determined to do well. Both days before their tee off times, the Lady Hornets woke up early around 7 a.m. and drove to another golf course to get extra practice work in before the tournament started because the course the tournament was held at had no practice range.
“I think we were the only girls team that was there hitting balls,” Bill said. “It showed and it came through for us.”
All five girls played a part in the win.
Junior Aaliyah Ochoa who’s score was dropped on the first day. Cut her strokes down by eight and had the third-best score on the day on day two.
“I wasn’t the drop score so that’s what I’m proud of,” Ochoa said with a smile. “I got a 121 and I never shoot that, I was so excited.”
George had a two-day total of 225 and dropped five strokes on the final day.
“I did get a really good chip and I was really proud of myself and I got my putt in and shot a five. I was really happy because I never get that low on a par four,” George said.
Lewis had a two-day total of 232, including the biggest second-day drop on the team cutting 16 strokes off her score on the first day.
“I par’ed like six or seven times and it was pretty good because I usually don’t get that many pars,” Lewis said. “I was doing really good on my putting.”
Bartlett had a two-day total of 240. Her score was dropped on the second day, but on the first day she shot a 113, the second lowest on the team which helped keep the Lady Hornets in the mix in the finale.
“Hole six was my best hole. I got par on that hole. I drove (the ball) right before the green,” Bartlett said.
Delossantos had the best day of all the Lady Hornets shooting a two-day total of 192. Her score was also second best in the tournament, but since the team qualified, she was bumped down to a third-place Regionalist.
“My drives (were great) it was like right there all the time,” Delossantos said. “The most I struggle with is my short game, my putting, but everything was coming together for me.”