The Lake Travis girls golf team won the 6A – Region 4 golf tournament at the Republic Golf Club in San Antonio by shooting 18 under par for two days while runner-up Westlake High School posted a team total of eight under par.
Lake Travis smoked the field in the first round with a blistering 12 under par total. That established a commanding lead due to the fact that Westlake played consistently by could only post a one under par team total in the first round. Pretty stiff competition at the high school level.
Both Lake Travis and Westlake played well in the windy conditions that prevailed on the second day of play. Westlake shot seven under par, one better than Lake Travis, but finished ten shots back for the tournament due to the first round 11 shot lead that Lake Travis had established.
San Antonio Regan made a significant move up the leaderboard the second day to capture the last team spot available and advance to the state tournament. The state tournament for the girls 6A teams will be played at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown on May 15-16. For information about other high school state tournament, including the 6A boys, go to the University Interscholastic League website by clicking here.
Westlake played well and continues to challenge Lake Travis, as they have most of the year. These may be the two best teams in the state. They are aligned with Vandegrift in the same district, which is somewhat unfortunate since only two teams from the same district can advance to the regional playoffs.
It will be interesting to see how the state tournament plays out and what other teams in the state can challenge Lake Travis and Westlake girls for the state title.
Sadie Engleman, who is a freshman at Westlake, led the Chaparrals with a five under par total of 137 for the two days. Jordan Shackelford posted one under while Madelyn Jones, Randi Romak and Cotton Bentley all posted even par 142.
Engleman, Shackelford, Jones and Romak have been the strength of this five girl squad for most of the year but with Bentley’s performance at the Regional tournament they now have five players who can shoot even par or better in an important tournament. That is an impressive display of consistency for five players and bodes well for their chances in the state tournament. It may provide the opportunity to beat Lake Travis.
Sara Camarena and Morgan Lay, teammates at Lake Travis, tied for medalist honors with a two day total of six under par 135. Camarena won the individual title in a playoff. Kaitlyn Papp and Sadie Englemand finished tied for third two shots behind Camarena and Lay.
Papp is currently 10th in the American Junior Golf Association rankings and is the highest ranked junior girls player in the state of Texas. Click here for those rankings.
Sophia Digesualdo from Vandegrift finished 10th indivdually and will advance to the state tournament as an individual medalist. She qualified for the regional tournament as an individual medalist based on her play in the district tournament.
It is interesting to note that only one player outside the Austin area finished in the top ten individual standings.