The Prosper golf teams competed in two different tournaments this week, and both girls and boys brought home trophies for the school. In previous tournaments, the teams have also been successful, finishing high in the rankings. Most notably, Prosper was the highest finishing 5A team in the Bart Granger Memorial Tournament (the largest high school golf tournament in the nation) back in September, with Graham Hutchinson finishing third overall. The girls team also won the District Preview last fall, where Cassidy McAlpine finished third, as well as the Burleson Invitational, with Emily Nystrom also finishing third.
GIRLS — Pecan Valley Golf Course, Ft. Worth
On Friday, March 31, the girls golf team traveled to the Pecan Valley Golf Course in Ft. Worth to compete in their last regular-season tournament before district, placing first overall. The Lady Eagles posted an impressive overall score of 373, as two players took home first and second-place. Junior Cassidy McAlpine shot a score of 84 to land her first place in the tournament, while fellow Prosper freshman Emily Nystrom carded a close second-place finish with a score of 89. The team will use the momentum from this tournament’s victory to carry them into the district championship, which will take place April 10-11 at Twin Creeks Golf Club. Following district, Coach Elizabeth Hamilton hopes that this will be the eighth consecutive year for the girls to qualify for the Regional Tournament.
BOYS — DISTRICT TOURNAMENT at Sherrill Park, Richardson
According to Coach Elizabeth Hamilton, the boys team put on an “absolute display,” at the District 12-5A Tournament on April 3-4. Two teams from Prosper competed in the event, as well as two individual medalists, Jackson Thies and Davis Scherer.
Consisting of Graham Hutchinson, Marco Punzo, Cole Lantz, Erik Thoreson and Cameron Merryman, the Green Team recorded a 298/302 for an overall score of 703 to clinch their third District Championship in a row. They will move on to the Regional Tournament on April 26 & 27 in Rockwall. Hutchinson place second individually, posting a 73/70 score, while Lantz followed close behind with 74/76 and landing him a third-place finish.
The White team narrowly missed second place and a Regional Tournament berth. The team, Jake Gosa, Matthew King, Jacob Strong, Jake Fein and Josh Knight, scored well, but were just nine strokes short of qualifying.
Scoring aside, the following golfers also took home All-District awards:
Jake Gosa – Second Team All-District
Graham Hutchinson – First Team All-District
Cole Lantz – First Team All-District
Cameron Merryman – Second Team All-District
Marco Punzo- First Team All-District
Jackson Thies – Second Team All-District
To keep up with both teams in their upcoming tournaments, be sure to follow them on Twitter at @prospergolfteam.