Golfers advance to state tourney
The Panthers golf team and Lady Panther Mackenzy Turner are headed to the state tournament after the Panthers earned second place at the regional tournament in Corpus Christi earlier this week, and Turner also earned second place individual medalist.
James Rollins fought off three other players to win first place medalist overall after burying an eight-foot birdie on the first hole of the playoff, and the Panthers shot a two-day total of 619 to earn second place behind Fredericksburg and ahead of Salado at the Lozano Golf Course.
“Nico Edel showed much maturity in getting the most out of his rounds. Freshmen Parker McCurdy and Donnie Harper played extremely well under the pressures of regional play,” said head coach Danny Knowles.
“After two days of grinding out their best 36 hole scores, they were elated and exhausted with much pride in their accomplishment. These guys shot their best score of the year on day one and simply felt that they had even more in themselves than that.”
Rollins shot 75-71, Nico Edel shot 78-78, Parker McCurdy shot 70-77, Donny Harper shot 82-79 and Logan Barker shot 107-107.
Knowles said each Panther golfer was paired with a Fredericksburg golfer, which pushed them to perform at the top of their game.
“These players will get to the course and put in the practice knowing the level they can compete at now is very high,” Knowles said.
“James Rollins is our leader and he will be sure their mindset is right and they will be able to play.”
The last Liberty Hill team to advance to the state golf tournament was in 1988 when Rollins’ dad Dennis, Clay Cole, Paul Shirey, and Korbin Davis were the team members, he added.
Turner shot 82-78 at the Oso Golf Course in Corpus Christi to qualify as an individual for the state tournament.
“This is huge!” said girls head coach Laura Brown. “Mackenzy practices every day and has improved her score by 20 shots from last year. She is a very dedicated and determined young athlete.”
Liberty Hill will compete at Onion Creek Golf Course in Austin for the state tournament April 25 and 26.