After going undefeated in 2016 and winning eight of ten tournaments this year, the Lake Travis Girls Golf Team won the 6A state golf championship by 11 shots over second place Austin Westlake. Lake Travis shot 288-292=580, four over par for 36 holes in windy conditions at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown, Texas.
During the final round on Tuesday, the wind blew 15-20 most of the day so scoring was difficult. Westlake shot 294, which was close to matching Lake Travis and good enough to overtake Allen and finish in second place.
It’s quite remarkable that the top two girls golf teams in the 6A category are from Austin, considering how many good players there are in the Houston and Dallas areas. Congratulations to all the coaches, parents and school administrators that provide the opportunity to these young players and congratulations to all the players that put in the hard work required to excel at this level.
Kaitlyn Papp, who shot 67 in the first round and was two shots behind Ellie Szeryk’s 65, shot 70 in the final round to post 137 and win the individual title by three shots over Jackie Barry of Humble Kingwood. Westlake’s Randi Romak shot 70-71 to finish third in the individual race, one shot behind Barry. Papp is the highest ranked Texan in the AJGA girls rankings and that ranking proved to be accurate during the tournament.
Papp and Morgan Lay are the seniors on the LT team and have been a member of three straight high school championship teams at Lake Travis. That must be nice…. The coaches commented that Papp and Lay have done a great job of mentoring the younger players and that is part of the winning tradition at Lake Travis.
Papp will be playing for the University of Texas next year and Lay will be playing for Texas A&M so they might not share the same team spirit they did this year. However, after playing three years together on winning Lake Travis teams it’s likely they will remain friendly rivals. Read more about the Lake Travis team on their website.
With all the success of Lake Travis, it’s easy to overlook the Westlake team. But come on, they finished second in the state and deserve a lot of credit. We are talking Texas golf here, where there are lots of good players and teams.
The Westlake team is young and the future looks bright for them. Randi Romak will be graduating this year but Bentley Cotton, Sadie Engleman, and Madelyn Jones will all be returning. They should continue to be a strong team and they will be experienced.
The 6A Boys Championship is May 22-23 at Legacy Hills in Georgetown. Both Westlake and Lake Travis are in the field.
The 5A Boys Championship is May 22-23 at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Cedar Creek. Austin High School will be playing in that event.