MARBLE FALLS — It did not change the outcome, but it confirmed the obvious.
In the opening round of the Class 4A UIL State Girls Golf Tournament, little went Lampasas’ way as the Lady Badgers posted an uncharacteristic 380, placing them sixth as a team.
It was a stark contrast to the showings responsible for medals at each of the last two state tournaments, and for Lampasas senior Niki Terry, the performance was unacceptable.
“We had to turn things around,” she said, “because we never go out and play like that. Even other teams were saying it was unusual, and it is true.
“We expect to go out and shoot 350 at our worst, and we just didn’t. We didn’t play well enough on the first day.”
The Lady Badgers rebounded Tuesday, shaving 23 strokes off their first-round showing, but it was not enough to earn a third consecutive medal at the state meet, and Lampasas placed fifth at Horseshoe Bay’s Slick Rock Golf Course with a 380-357—737.
No team lowered their score more dramatically between the two rounds than the Lady Badgers, who would have claimed third place with a similar score in the opening-round.
“We were frustrated after shooting the score we did in the first round,” Lampasas head coach Justin Schulze said. “We knew we were a much better golf team than that, but sometimes that just happens.
“They dug down deep and shot a score that was by no means perfect, but it was much, much better, and we know two days like that would have put us right in the middle of everything.”
Despite the Lady Badgers’ rally, Andrews easily emerged with its seventh consecutive state championship, shooting a 334-314—648, while Seminole (357-354—711) and Andrews’ second team (355-366—721) claimed second and third place, respectively.
Terry led the way for Lampasas with a pair of sub-90 rounds en route to an 86-81—167, landing her 16th individually. Allison Hendrick, a junior, lowered her score by 15 strokes to finish with a 100-85—185, while Taylor Florio (95-89—184), Allison Harrell (99-102—201) and Kristen Richards (109-103—202) rounded out the Lady Badgers’ scores.
Like Terry, Hendrick refused to let Monday’s performance repeat itself.
“The first round was such a blow to my confidence,” she said. “It was just sickening, it broke my heart, and I didn’t know if I could come back from that.
“But I proved myself wrong, came back and played one of the best rounds I’ve ever played in my life. Now, I know I can come back from the worst.”
Lampasas’ District 19-4A rival Salado maintained its eighth-place position after completing the Lady Eagles’ first state appearance since 2014 with a 384-382—766.
“The last time we were in the state tournament,” Salado head coach Scott Ringo said, “we were in Class 2A. So it’s taken a few years for us to build that back up and get to a point where we could kind of continue to be back there.
“But I think we are in good shape in that regard for the next several years.”
The Lady Eagles’ lone senior, Kristin Crouch, who tied for 19th individually, recorded the team’s lowest score with an 84-87—171, while junior Jamie Rich was 10 strokes back at 96-86—182. A trio of underclassman completed Salado’s scoring as sophomores Avery Hyer (102-99—201), Savannah Reeder (108-110—218) and freshman Taylor Rich (102-113—215) each broke 220 in their first appearance at state.
Unlike the Lady Eagles, Lampasas is losing the bulk of its team responsible for district and regional championships this season with Terry, Florio and Harrell all set to graduate.
Regardless of age or experience, however, Schulze is use to having his players excel.
“Taylor and Allison Harrell were on junior varsity last year,” he said. “So, even though they were seniors, they’d never really been in this position before, but to come out and do what they did made me really happy.
“And Kristen improved a lot this year, and she shot a 56 on the front nine today before shooting a 47 on the back nine, and that is definitely something we can build on in the future.”
4A GIRLS STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT
FINAL TEAM LEADERS
1. Andrews (Black) 648
2. Seminole 711
3. Andrews (Gold) 721
4. Fredericksburg 728
5. Lampasas 737
6. La Vernia 749
8. Salado 766
FINAL INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
1. Olson, Abilene Wylie 146
2. Irion, Bridgeport 147
*3. Priest, Lorena 153
3. Huffman, Andrews (Black) 153
5. Allen, La Vernia 155
16. Terry, Lampasas 167
T19. Couch, Salado 171
*won playoff for bronze medal