The Louise Lady Hornets golf team ran into some tough competition at the State tournament in Austin on Monday and Tuesday finishing in 12th place.
“We’re the 12th best team in the State of Texas in the 2A division and it’s an accomplishment,” coach Joe Bill said. “It’s just an exciting time. To actually realize we played in the State tournament. It’s something they’ll be able to tell their kids (one day).”
At the Roy Kizer Golf Course, the Louise team faced the most unique course they’ve played all season and had to fight off a little more pressure, being new to the State level. While the finish might not be where they wanted, the team wasn’t upset with the results.
“It was so much fun and a great experience,” junior Madison Delossantos said. “The course was hard, but you just had to play. All the girls did good and it was really fun.”
“We shot a 440 (on the second day) which is the best we’ve ever did,” Bill said. “(We faced) schools that shoot 334, 332, just amazing. That’s like shooting 70s and 80s and we’re not at that (level).”
The course was long and hilly. The Lady Hornets had to deal with lots of sand traps and bunkers all around the green and water. On the first day, the girls finished with a score of 451. They shaved 11 strokes off and finished with a two-day total of 891.
“I think the girls learned a lot about golf,” Bill said. “They learned a lot about how to interpret the rules and how to apply the rules. I think it was a learning experience for them.”
The state team will largely remain intact next season, with only Madison Bartlett graduating. Delossantos, Avery Lewis, Aaliyah Ochoa and Erica George are all slated to return.
Delossantos had the lowest score on the team with a 194, good enough for 31st place among all the 2A girl’s golfers. Lewis shot a 229. Bartlett and George shot a 234. Ochoa shot a 262.
“We just got to keep improving and keep working,” Bill said. “Putting and chipping is the name of the game and we’ve got to get better at that.”