Through both individual and team qualifying, Pleasanton’s girls golf team has its chances to reach state. Both are tricky, as the golfers acknowledged.
Last year, Laken McAda was a couple of strokes away from being an individual qualifier and Lacey Stevens was close behind. This spring, as a senior, McAda and Stevens have had rounds indicating the possibility of being among the top three individuals outside the top three teams qualifying for the state tournament. McAda hit 78 at Alice early this season. Stevens has often hit in the low 80s.
“We’re going to go to state this year,” Stevens said, with McAda echoing the sentiment while adding that they faced a tough district tourney and will be in a difficult regional, which features Fredericksburg and Wimberley.
Both have done it while balancing schedules with other sports. McAda said she has only been able to play weekends due to track and field. Stevens’ time on the course has opened up this week with soccer season ending.
“I would get some time in and then have to leave,” she said, explaining how the time limited the number of holes she could practice.
As a team, the Eagles showed potential in the district tournament two weeks ago of cutting through as a group with its scores dropping.
Meagan Mitchell lowered hers 10 strokes by shooting 102 in both rounds. Lauren Trapp pulled off a score of 97. Four solid performances out of five is all a team needs to compile a score low enough to advance.
“If we get 360, we can make it [as a team],” McAda said, referring to an optimal single-round team score.
The Eagles scored 366 in the second round for a two-round total of 752.
The margin of error might be questionable since Oso Golf Course, where regionals will be played April 22-23, is typically very windy.