With the spring semester at Prosper High School in full swing, the boys and girls golf teams have been competing in several tournaments across the Metroplex, pickup up where they ended last year.
But both teams have had similar problems that all the outdoor sports have experiences this season: troubling weather conditions. The program has battled rain, wind, and cold temperatures, making for a miserable start to the year.
The results, however, have been a bright spot for the teams to be proud of regardless of the circumstances.
On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the Varsity I and II girls team competed in the Regional Previews at Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club.
“The Regional Previews allow teams the opportunity to play the host course prior to the actual Regional Tournament,” girls head coach Elizabeth Hamilton said. “Coach Vanderford and I took our Varsity I and II teams because we wanted all our golfers who are vying for the top five chance to play Rockwall.”
Consisting of Haili Moore, Emily Nystrom, Caroline Weatherly, Victoria Buelow and Sierra Topper, the Varsity I team finished the Regional Preview fourth, just two shots from third place, with a score of 369. Coming off a third-place performance at the TPC Four Seasons tournament last month, Nystrom was involved in a playoff after finishing with an 83. She wound up in fifth while Moore’s 82 landed her a runner-up individual finish. Buelow finished with a 97 and Topper and Weatherly both ended the previews with a 107.
For the Varsity II squad, Ally Snagl had the best finish with a score of 114, followed by Carlee Tinsley with a 119, Maddy Huxford with a 120 and Savannah Dodson rounded out the group shooting a 127.
The boys Varsity I and II teams have also been busy over the last few weeks, struggling against the same brutal weather conditions at their Regional Preview on Friday, Feb. 9. The tournament was conducted in a Maxwell-style scoring format, which means that on a team of five, the best four scores from each hole are counted.
“Maxwell scoring was the chosen format for the first day because the teams actually played the full round together with a coach,” Hamilton said. “It affords us the ability to coach all five golfers at once rather than bouncing from hole to hole.”
After Day 1, the Varsity I sat in fifth place as Marco Punzo and Cole Lantz both led the team with 79s. Gusty and cold conditions created a hazardous environment for the golfers, making the conditions very difficult to play in on Day 2. Eventually the tournament was cancelled, but not before Punzo’s performance allowed him to secure fifth place individually. The entire team finished fourth. The scores included:
Two-day Team score - 505
Marco Punzo - 121
Cole Lantz - 125
Cameron Merryman - 133
Josh Knight - 139
Jacob Strong - 140
Two-day Team score - 555
Cooper Hicks - 134
Austin Davis - 142
Patrick Mann - 144
Connor Keene - 153
Jake Hughes - 153
The boys Varsity I team also finished up the Play It to the Max Tournament on Feb. 20 in strong contention. Lantz was the star for the Eagles, shooting an even par through nine holes after being six over in his first seven holes. He played the remaining 20 holes of the tournament at one under, which Hamilton said was “an amazing finish, particularly in the conditions both days.” Lantz finished in third place.