Lauren Davis is coming off a championship-winning performance at the Bluebonnet Invitational on Monday at Brownwood, where she shot a 78 in blustery conditions, helping the Hornets to a first-place finish as they prepare to make a third consecutive trip to the state tournament.
Last season, you moved from Lampasas to Gatesville. Both teams went to state, but you couldn’t play for either due UIL rules on changing schools. How frustrating was that?
“It was heartbreaking. I worked really, really hard to get there and having to move was just very stressful and irritating because I wanted to play golf and going into a new school, that was the only thing I was worried about. (I wanted to) get in, be part of the team and show them that I could help them out. Not being able to help them get to state and do better at state, it was hard. I’m glad that Lampasas did good last year, they were very good without me..”
How has the season been going so far for you?
“I was struggling a lot for a while there. I just couldn’t figure out my swing through the first couple of tournaments, but I’ve been working really hard trying to figure everything out.”
The wind was exceeding 40 mph at times. How difficult was that?
“The wind was a struggle. It was very hard. … From 100 yards, I usually hit a wedge, and I was hitting a 7-iron. It was absolutely crazy. My putting and my short game was working very well that day. I could probably chip it within three feet, but with that wind blowing it would roll out to five feet or six feet. It was a struggle, it really was, but with my short game working really good that day, it wasn’t a problem.”
Are you where you need to be to make a run at state?
“I think the team is doing very, very well where we are at right now, but I know we can put in a little more time at practice, work a little harder and shoot better scores to get where we need to be. ... We are all working hard to get there. I see us giving (two-time defending Class 3A champion) Andrews a run for their money. We’ve been working really, really hard, and we all really want to win first place this year. ”
Does that experience provide motivation for getting back this year?
“Yes, it does — a bunch. I already have a school of my choice picked out (after committing to Mary Hardin-Baylor) and it is where I’d like to go, but I just want to show other schools what they missed out on and that I am really good. I could have helped their team out. But I know exactly where I want to go and what team I want to help, and (I want to) show them that I’m really good at what I do.”