Gusty winds and the Gatesville Hornets girls golf team far and away ruled the Bluebonnet Invitational girls golf tournament Monday at the Brownwood Country Club.
Senior Lauren Davis fired a field-low 78 and was closely followed by a swarm of Hornets golfers who swept the top four spots at the one-day tournament, which was complicated by 40 mph wind gusts.
Sophomore Chelsy Tobin (81) finished second, senior Katy Colson (86) third and senior Kristen Smithhart (88) fourth and Gatesville shot 333 as a team to run away with the tournament championship.
“That just shows their maturity as far as their game of golf,” said Gatesville golf coach Guy Dean. “It would’ve been easy at some point to just make excuses about how bad the weather was, ‘Oh, I can’t play in this.’ Instead, I think they realized it was still a golf tournament. ... They kept their focus on trying to do the best they could and golf instead of worrying about the weather.”
Lampasas finished second after it shot a 409 team score. Kena Cox led the Lady Badgers with a 101 and she was closely followed by Abbie Carson and Sadie Sappington who both shot 102s, Destiny Carr (104) and Sarah Maples (121).
Tournament host Brownwood shot a 430 and finished third.
The Hornets won their second straight tournament after firing 319 as a team to win the Llano Invitational last Thursday. Gatesville, which finished third at the 3A state tournament last season, shot a two-day 706 and finished third at the State Preview tournament two weeks ago behind reigning 3A state champion Andrews (659) and 5A Midland Lee (678) at Jimmy Clay Golf Course.
“The girls have just been playing really well,” Dean said.
“Those four have quite a bit of experience and experience is really (key), especially in adverse conditions like the wind today.”