The weather has not been nice to the Prosper golf program this spring. To put it lightly, almost every tournament has been either cold, windy, rainy or an unpleasant combination of the three.
The spring showers have not yet put a damper on the program, however, as the Eagles continue to find success each week.
Last weekend, the girls team competed in the District 14-5A Tournament at Frisco Lakes, where they made program history with 12 golfers dispersed in two teams able to play in the tournament — the largest team that head cach Elizabeth Hamilton has ever fielded.
“For the nine returning next year, this experience is critical to success in 6A, and I am both proud and impressed by everyone’s performance these past two days,” Hamilton said.
The district tournament was nothing shy of interesting weather-wise as a cold front blew in on Day 1 of the competition.
“Freshman Ally Schnagl summed up the situation perfectly: ‘Coach, I can’t feel my hands,’” Hamilton said.
Despite the blustery conditions, the Lady Eagles persevered through wind and rains on the front nine. The Prosper White team finished the first round in third place, 18 strokes behind second-place Lake Dallas, while Prosper Green cruised to a first-place lead by 19 strokes
When the rain finally subsided, the challenge for the Lady Eagles wasn’t nearly done. Gusty 25 mile per hour winds posed an even more difficult challenge for the teams; yet both were able to push through.
Prosper Green finished the tournament with a season-best score of 326 with all five golfers landing in the top ten. Prosper White snagged a fifth-place finish with four players making the top 25.
For the second consecutive week, freshman Haili Moore was the individual champion and her season efforts landed her a spot on the first team all-district list. Also on the first team were sophomore Emily Nystrom, who finished third, and junior Victoria Buelow, who was fourth and marked a personal best two-day performance with matching round of 88.
Additionally, senior Caroline Weatherly and freshman Ally Schnagl finished sixth and eighth, both shooting personal bests and named second team all-district.
Freshmen Brooke Rogers and Chandler Browning and juniors Maddy Huxford and Sierra Topper all finished in the top 25 for Prosper White.
The team’s overall score of 326 was the first time the program had finished so well since 2012, when the team eventually placed fourth at state.
The Lady Eagles will now advance to the Class 5A Region II Tournament on April 25-26 at the Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club.
“Winning district is just the first step in the journey to state,” Hamilton said. “Moving forward, I can’t stress enough how amazing the girls’ performance at district was given the conditions.”
For the boys, both teams, led by Cody Vanderford, wrapped up the regular season with a strong performances at their respective tournaments.
The Varsity II competed at the Trinity Invitational, finishing sixth out of 13 teams at the Texas Star. Sophomore Connor Keene led the team with a score of 87 and a top 25 finish.
The Varsity I competed in the Tiger Cup at Mansfield National, playing against highly-esteemed programs such as The Woodlands, Highland Park and Mansfield High. Although up against a strong field, the Eagles came away in eighth place.
Senior Cole Lantz led the way with a two-day total of 159 and another top 25 spot for the Eagles. His score helped the team to a tournament total of 647.
Representing the Eagles at the district tournament will be the following:
The tournament will take place from April 9-10 at Frisco Lakes.