LHHS Golf places 6th at Lampasas Invitational
By Keith Sparks
The Panther boys’ golf team took sixth at the Lampasas Invitational Monday, finishing with a total score of 339, placing behind Belton (305), Pflugerville Weiss (328), Cameron (331), Brownwood (335), and Gatesville (337).
Head Coach Ryan Revere was proud of his team’s efforts, noting specifically that the top golfer and the bottom golfer on the team finished within six strokes of each other.
Revere also noted that only John Baker and Donnie Harper have been able to play consistently over the past few months, with Charlie Calabretta and Matt Sterling being committed to football during the fall and winter seasons.
With winter weather and the lack of daylight that it brings, Revere said it’s been tough for anybody to improve significantly between Thanksgiving and now.
“This was our first full tournament since the week right after Thanksgiving,” Revere said. “The problem is the weather from Thanksgiving to almost spring, then with the time change, there’s just hardly enough daylight. Kids are putting in work, but like I said, this is the first time that we’ve had four out of the five that we might have for a State run, so it was a good day. Our four were all within six strokes, so I was extremely pleased.”
Baker led the way with an 81, Calabretta finished second on the team in his first tournament with the Panthers by shooting an 85, Harper finished third on the team with an 86, and Sterling finished fourth on the team with a very respectable 87 in his first tournament since district play last season.
Revere said his team played even better than the scores show, but the wind and some tough greens in Lampasas made what would have otherwise been some fantastic shots look much worse than they were.
“We fought the wind today that was blowing from the south to start the day,” Revere said. “Lampasas is one of the courses where the greens are what you’d call a push-up green, so you play some nicer courses that are built up, and I don’t want to talk bad about the Lampasas course, but you work on that approach shot, then you play with some push-up greens and the ball is going to run a lot more. A prime example, on Baker’s second hole, he hits almost a perfect shot that’s high with a draw on it, but the green is so hard that it rolls all the way out in the water. He hit the best shot of the group, but the green just grabbed it and it ran probably 20 yards into the water.”
With Parker McCurdy out of the lineup until basketball season is over, the Panthers only brought four golfers, so it was up to each of them to compete at the highest level, considering all four of their scores would be counted toward their final total.
McCurdy is typically at the top of the Panther golf standings, but Revere said he had a conversation with McCurdy last week that ended with him making the decision to stick to basketball for the time being.
“They’ve got something special going on there in basketball, so I told him not to worry, to go and do his thing,” Revere said.
The Panther golf team is in the process of opening an online store that will include Nike Panther golf polos and other apparel available for sale to the Liberty Hill community and beyond. The website will be live shortly.
The Liberty Hill girls’ golf team plays at Lampasas’ Hancock Park Golf Course, as well, on Thursday at 10 a.m. The boys’ next tournament will take place on Monday at Mustang Creek Golf Course in Taylor. The girls will play at Mustang Creek on Feb. 6.