As the semester continues to whirl by, the Prosper High School girls golf program wrapped up regular season competition. Both the varsity teams and the JV were out on the green last week, with the Varsity I and II playing at Sky Creek Ranch, while the JV played at Twin Creeks.
“This year, we are fortunate to have the depth to bring two teams and two medalists to compete, which is a first in the history of the girls’ program,” head girls coach Elizabeth Hamilton wrote in her weekly newsletter. “It’s a testament to the hard work everyone has put in this year.”
The Lady Eagles competed well in both tournaments, beginning with the JV who had very stiff 6A competition in Allen High School and the Plano schools at Twin Creeks.
“It was good learning experience for the girls, as they were able to play against teams from next year’s district. I’m proud of the progress they made this year and look forward to their continued improvement over the summer.” Hamilton said.
The varsity teams once again battled against unlikable weather conditions during their tournament at Sky Creek Ranch. With high winds and a more difficult course due to the elevated greens, both teams had their work cut out for them over the weekend.
But, like all the tournaments they have competed in this season, the girls put their heads down and battled, taking on teams such as Keller, Arlington and Frisco Wakeland.
Sophomore Emily Nystrom lead the team on Friday, March 23 with a one-day total of 79. Her score helped the Varsity I to secure 5th place, just four shots behind Wakeland on day oneof the tournament.
Additionally, freshman Ally Schnagl shot a personal best of 91, which allowed the Varsity II to sit in 10th at the end of the first day. She then shot a 92 on day two to finished 14th overall and move the Varsity II up the board to a 9th place finish to the tournament.
The Varsity I also saw a one-place improvement to their leaderboard status, finishing the tournament in 4th place. Sophomore Haili Moore shot a 77, which landed her the tournament championship, while Nystrom finished in 8th.
Nystrom’s finish was the fourth time in a row that the sophomore has finished a tournament in the top 10 this season.
Now that the regular season is in the past, Hamilton and the girls have shifted their focus on winning the district tournament. Last year, the girls finished second at district, and 10th at the Regional Tournament.
Following the postseason, Hamilton will have a lot to consider as she looks ahead to the 2018-2019 season, when the Lady Eagles will be competing completely at the 6A level.
“As Prosper grows, so does our program,” she said. “This year, we have gone from a team of seven in 2016-2017 to fifteen in 2017-2018… We are graduating three wonderful seniors and returning the best exchange student we could have asked for to Denmark.”
“With eleven returning players, ten incoming freshmen already signed up for tryouts and potential move-ins, summer play will be critical to everyone’s success,” she added.
But before they can look too far into the future, they must finish out the year strong, starting with the district tournament. This years District 14-5A Tournament will be held from April 2-3 at Frisco Lakes, while Regionals is set for April 25-26. More details on district will be released later in the week.
“I’m confident that our teams are prepared. It’s been a long road and some tough courses and in challenging fields, but this group has learned something from each tournament they’ve played each year,” Hamilton said. “I’m looking forward to seeing us rise to the challenge of postseason play.”