• August 30, 2016

Player Of The Week

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Lady Badgers golfer shines in final round of prep career

Josh Bachman | Herald
Abbie Carson tees off Monday during the first round of the Class 4A state tournament at Onion Creek Club in Austin.

Something had to change.

Playing in her second consecutive UIL Class 4A State Golf Tournament, Lampasas senior Abbie Carson was not herself. On the heels of finishing second at the Region IV-4A Tournament, Carson posted a first-round score of 87 at Austin’s Onion Creek Club.

But the following day, in the final round of her high school career, Carson delivered a performance to remember.

En route to guiding the Lady Badgers to a second-place finish at state, Carson posted the field’s fourth-lowest score of the day, shaving 16 strokes off her opening-round score to shoot a 71.

The turnaround elevated Carson to 10th in the individual standings.

“It was a good day,” she said. “For one thing, I hit the ball a lot better off the tee. I was really off in the first round, and I just couldn’t figure out what it was.

“But I got my swing back to normal and back to where it needed to be, and I had a renewed drive to win.”

Along with the recognition both individually and collectively with her teammates, Carson’s showing earned her the title of KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week.

Carson won the award with 38.2 percent of the votes cast, beating out Florence senior Mackenzie Futrell, who went 2 for 4 with a home run and a double to go along with three runs scored and three RBIs in a playoff victory. Additionally, she only allowed three hits on the mound as the No. 5 Lady Buffaloes beat San Antonio Cole 18-2 in five innings.

Futrell received 28.6 percent of the vote.

Harker Heights senior Chyna Otis finished third after defending her Region II-6A championship in the shot put with a throw measuring 44 feet, while Ellison senior Josh Branch was fourth. He won the 800-meter run at regionals.

Rounding out the nominees for the week were Killeen’s Javon McCray and Belton’s William Watson.

McCray set a personal record en route to winning the triple jump at regionals with a leap of 47-11, and Watson qualified for state in both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles by placing first in each event at regionals.

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