The fall semester is flying by, and with the school year in full swing, the Prosper High School Athletic Department continues to shine as the golf program kicked off their season on Sept. 23.
The boys team participated in the Bart Granger Memorial Tournament at the Pecan Valley Golf Course in Fort Worth. The tournament is the largest high school golf tournament in the state, and 50 of the top programs in Texas teed off in the competition. Led by head coach Cody Vanderford, the team finished the weekend in the top 15. Vanderford said the team struggled a bit on day one, shooting a 325 as they tried to work through the first-competition jitters. Prosper improved to a team total of 301 on day two to land among the top 5A teams at the tournament. Individually, Marco Punzo led the Eagles in all three rounds, shooting a 72, 77 and a 74. Cole Lantz and senior Josh Knight followed close behind to help lead the Eagles.
The same weekend, the girls traveled out to Granbury for the Lady Pirate Classic at Harbor Lakes Golf Course. Their two-day combined score of 676 earned the team an 8th place finish out of a tough pool of 19 strong teams, and topped off the weekend with an impressive 327 day-two score. The day-two finish was a big improvement from the opening day’s results, as the Lady Eagles found themselves sitting at 349. Girls’ head coach Elizabeth Hamilton was very pleased with her team’s performance, especially with newcomer Haili Moore. The freshman shot a 73 on both days and secured 4th place individually for the weekend. Sophomore Emily Nystrom also had a great day out on the green with a two-day, personal best total of 163 (85, 78). Cassidy McAlpine also recorded a personal best of 175 (96, 79).
“We’ve got a great situation this year with the girls,” Hamilton said. “Haili’s ability to consistently shoot in the [low 70’s], combined with four returners who have improved tremendously over time and our junior move-ins pushing the competition level in practice has given us a very different focus than last year.”
Both teams have a little bit of a break before heading back out to the green. The Lady Eagles will take to the course on Oct. 16 when they participate in the Redhawk Shootout at Ridgeview Ranch. On the boys’ side, they will look to prepare for the Champions Circle on Oct. 20.
“There’s a real excitement for what we can accomplish and a real commitment from everyone to continue to improve daily so that we are playing our best in April and May,” Hamilton said. “With the first tournament down, we can continue to adjust our individual team goals with even more confidence as the year goes on.”