MCKINNEY – It’s no surprise that the Prosper golf team has a long legacy of successful accolades. In the last three years, the team has racked up countless trophies and awards, including back-to-back District Championships, regional appearances, and a state berth last season. Head golf coach Cody Vanderford and assistant coach Elizabeth Hamilton have headed the program, working with successful golfers such as Graham Hutchinson, who qualified for the state tournament last season, and Emily Nystrom, who flew into the spotlight in her freshman campaign last year. While the golfers have showcased Prosper’s ability to compete at the highest level of high school competition, the program’s successes stem directly from the coaching staff, and this time it’s Hamilton who is making headlines of her own.
On August 19-20, she participated in the Eldorado Club Championship in McKinney. Hamilton and her husband, Todd, are current members of the Eldorado Golf Club, and have been since 2010. At the tournament, she won the Women’s Championship by 8 strokes shooting 84 on Saturday and 87 on Sunday to take the trophy. Hamilton said she was never really serious about golfing until she and her husband joined the Eldorado Golf Club seven years ago.
“I joined the Eldorado Women’s Golf Association five years ago, and I have played on their Solheim team in 2014 and 2016, but this was my first time playing the Club Championship,” Hamilton said. “I won a trophy — they’ll engrave my name on the cup and the club, put my picture on the wall.”
In addition to the trophy, Hamilton also won a $200 Pro Shop credit for the club, which she jokingly said will go towards a new pair of golf shoes.
But for Hamilton, the tournament meant so much more than winning a prize. The victory was an opportunity to achieve something she has been working towards since she joined the club in 2010. Entering the tournament wasn’t an easy decision, but she said she has had support and guidance surrounding her during the journey, including her husband Todd, her family back in Tennessee, the Eldorado Golf Community, and the Prosper High School golf program.
“Everyone has truly encouraged me in my pursuit of becoming a better golfer, and I really felt that support going into the tournament during both rounds.”
Despite the huge accomplishment for Hamilton, she said she is more excited to kick off the golf season at Prosper High.
“As awesome as it was to win, I’m looking even more forward to what the girls’ and boys’ teams at PHS have in store this year,” she said. “We’ve got some really talented kids who are passionate about golf.”
Prosper’s golfing season will kick off on September 21-23 at the Bart Granger tournament. For more information on the program, and to closely follow the program, visit their Twitter page at @prospergolfteam.