Here are area competitors for the girls’ UIL State Golf Tournament, held Monday, May 21st through Tuesday, May 22nd.
Lions Municipal Golf Course, Austin
(Par 71, 4,931 yards)
Skylar Mast, Richards (Region IV champion)
Tournament total: 86-79—165 (Second place)
By winning the Region IV tournament, Skylar Mast played her best two rounds of golf, shooting 74 and 73 on Pflugerville’s Blackhawk golf course.
She has placed second at state each of the last two years, shooting rounds of 78 and 83 last May at Lions Municipal. In 2017, she finished one shot back of Marki Kinkade from Blanket, who returns this season and is the Region III-1A winner.
This is Mast’s fourth straight trip to the state tournament. She finished fourth her freshman year.
Skylar is committed to play at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Roy Kizer Golf Course, Austin
(Par 71, 5,18 yards)
Normangee (Region IV champion)
Tournament total: 366-348—714 (Second place)
Braydee Frederick (Region IV champion)
Tournament total: 83-83—166
Tournament total: 89-89—178
Tournament total: 93-86—179
Tournament total: 101-90—191
Tournament total: 137-116—253
After the opening day of the regional tournament, Normangee redefined its goal from qualifying for state to winning the regional championship, which the team accomplished.
Freshman Braydee Frederick won first individually after a one-hole playoff. Becky Rector was third overall.
Senior Jordan Ruffeno had only played golf for 55 days before the regional tournament. Rector, who has played three years, will compete at state for the first time. Her 88 in the second round was a personal best. Hannah Morton also had her best round (100).
Grey Rock Golf Course, Austin
(Par 72, 5,215 yards)
Rockdale (Region III champion)
Tournament total: 373-391—764
Lyndy Laurell (Region III champion)
Tournament total: 75-78—153 (state champion)
Tournament total: 85-98—183
Tournament total: 106-105—211
Tournament total: 107-110—217
Tournament total: 107-113—220
Tournament totals: 391-394—785
Tournament totals: 98-92—190
Tournament totals: 93-98—191
Tournament totals: 103-100—203
Tournament totals: 101-104—205
Tournament totals: 99-116—215
Rockdale’s Lyndy Laurrell won the state championship as a medalist two years ago, and placed third last season, winning a playoff against Morgan Molsbee of Alpine after both shot 160 through regulation in 2017.
Comfort’s Loren Nevers (156) won and McGregor’s Paige Gilstrap (158) finished ahead of Laurrell, and Gilstrap is returning this year.
Laurrell has won five tournaments this season, including at district and regionals. Her Lady Tiger team also claimed district and regional titles. Laurrell will play college golf at Southwestern University in Georgetown.
The Lady Tigers also finished third as a team at the state tournament a year ago, shooting 762. Sonora (702) won and Callisburg (728) placed second. Eve King and Trinady Joslin also return from Rockdale’s state team last year. King, a junior, played at state her freshman year.
This marks Rockdale’s fourth straight appearance at state. They have placed third each of the last two years, after a ninth-place finish in 2015.
King has moved up to the No. 2 spot and she is making her third state tournament appearance. Joslin, a senior who is headed to the University of Texas, earned Elite Academic All-state status. She has been at state golf twice.
The two sophomores — Payton Miller and Whitley Boyd — are making their first state appearances. Boyd was at the regional tournament competing individually in 2017. Miller joined the team at regionals this year. She competes in six varsity sports.
For nine of the last 10 years, the Cameron Lady Yoe have had a team qualify for state. Senior Keagan Galvan is playing at state for the fourth consecutive year. It’s three in a row for Jazmin Vaculin, who is a junior.
Last season, Cameron finished fifth in the team race, shooting a total of 775. Vaculin had a two-round total of 190 last year. Galvan was at 203.
Cameron has never won state but finished second in 2011 and 2012.
Slick Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls
(Par 72, 5,772 yards)
Grace Savage, Caldwell
Tournament total: 82-88—170
Savage, a senior for Caldwell, made her state debut as a freshman when the Lady Hornets’ team finished ninth when the tournament was played at Onion Creek.
She was the leader for the Lady Hornets a year, later, shooting 177 when Caldwell placed seventh in the team race.