In a preview of what’s to come at the state golf tournament next month, Sierra Sims and the Westlake squad provided thrills well ahead of the big tourney.
At the March 8 Class 5A State Preview, Sims battled into the soggy darkness as she vied for top overall honors, just missing out on the medalist honors in a playoff with Allen’s Maddie Szeryk.
It was a flip of the 2012 5A state tournament results, where Sims took the state champion title with a 137 to edge out Szeryk by one mere stroke.
In what turned out to be quite a regional preview as well, the Chaparrals were tied for the lead after the first round but slipped back to fourth when the day was over.
The top four teams at the tournament were all from Region II, where Westlake resides, with The Woodlands taking the win with a score of 611. Second was a tie between Lake Travis and Allen at 612, and the Chaps were right after them at 615.
“It was one of my proudest days as the Chap girls golf coach,” Westlake girls golf coach Chuck Nowland said. “It was a privilege for all of us to see such inspired golf.”
Sims and Szeryk were tied at 4-under par (Sims shot a 72-68 140) after the tournament’s last hole, leading to the playoff to determine first and second place. Sims missed a putt that was barely visible in the darkness, ceding the top spot to Szeryk after 42 holes of golf all in one day.
Robin Tan came in 13th individually for Westlake with a two-day total of 76-78 154, and Maya Walton was 18th with a 78-78 156. Christine Campbell finished at 78-87 165, and Claire Wooldridge came in at 84-89=171.
Westlake sent a varsity and junior varsity squad to the Don Beaver/Anderson High Tournament at the Lions Municipal course March 7 and both came away victorious.
The varsity squad won handily, besting the second-place squad by 21 strokes as all five players shot an 87 or lower.
Piper led the way with a 77, Jasmina Solankee shot a 79 and Angela Jin carded an 83 as Westlake had a team total of 326. Caroline Frye and Maggie Cowart both shot an 87 to round out the Chaps’ top five as the team won its fifth consecutive Don Beaver tourney.
The junior varsity squad had an even bigger win, coming in more than 60 strokes ahead of the next team.
Reanna De La Cruz shot a 76 to front the Chaps day, with Paige Longquist shooting an 86 and Hana Pearlson, Melanie Florez and Morgan McQueen aiding the big win.
The District 15-5A Tournament is right around the corner, set for March 25-26 at the Lions course. The regional tournament is April 16-18, and state is April 29-30 at Morris Williams.
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