Girls finish fifth at state golf tourney

FOLLOWING THROUGH on her tee shot, Kaytlen James watches her ball fly down the fairway Friday afternoon during round two of the UIL 3A Girls’ State Golf Tournament at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin. In their first state competition as a team, the Billies finished in fifth place. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Fredericksburg High School’s varsity girls golf team won fifth in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) State 3A Golf Tournament following two days of play on Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin.

Kristen Payne, Kaytlen James, Kaitlin Huizinga, Lorin Flores and Hailey O’Neill collectively turned in a 388 on a windy and cold first day of competition and a 396 on the second day for a two-day total of 784.

That score was 132 strokes behind state champion Andrews, who shot a 652 (337/315,) yet Fredericksburg’s score dominated the two other teams from Region IV — Cuero and Sealy.

Taking second through fourth places (in descending order) were teams from Snyder - 697 (339/358), Gatesville – 698 (343/355) and Melissa – 780 (397/383.)

Rounding out the top 10 teams at state behind Fredericksburg were: Caldwell, Atlanta, Sealy, Orangefield and Bridgeport.

On getting the opportunity to take the girls to the state realm as an entire team and then having them earn as high as fifth place, Coach Janie Schneider-Guynes said: “That was just a surprise and a wonderful experience for our girls.”

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