Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Carrollton Creekview duo in hunt at 4A girls golf state tournament
AUSTIN — Already, April McCoy and Jennifer Park have established themselves as the best girls golfers in Carrollton Creekview history. They have earned scholarships to Division I schools — TCU for McCoy and Louisiana-Monroe for Park.
None of that mattered on Monday as the two seniors reflected on a sizzling practice green after their first rounds at the 4A state tournament.
“I played really bad,” McCoy said. “I three-putted from two feet on nine.”
“I doubled a par three,” Park said.
The comments revealed their passion. Park shot a 75 and McCoy a 79 on a windy day. It wasn’t their best but enough to keep Park tied for third and McCoy in 13th and in the hunt for a top spot with a solid second round on Tuesday.
McCoy finished tied for fourth at 5A state last season. Park finished tied for seventh the year before. This is the first time Creekview has qualified as a team in their high school careers.
“They’re such workhorses,” coach Kerry Gabel said. “They’re rarely satisfied with their performances.”
Each one’s dedication has inspired the other to blossom. At practices, they treat each hole like a competition. They make bets while they work on chipping and putting.
“If you lose, you have to run around the green, do push-ups or the ‘Soulja Boy’” Park said.
Tuesday is their last opportunity, a final time for high school success together and to lead the way for the three talented sophomores also playing at state.
And McCoy can’t wait to improve on her first day performance — especially after she found out the leader wasn’t too far ahead.
“Really?” she said, brightening up. “I’m more excited now.”
Area girls near lead: Highland Park’s Callie Scheffler shot a 74, placing her one stroke behind leader Julia Beck of Austin Lake Travis. Woodrow Wilson’s Grace Choi shot a 77, placing her in a tie for fifth.
Choi, a sophomore, is playing in her first state championship. She has won district titles and the Dallas Junior Golf Championship. But state? This was different.
“I’d never been this nervous for those first three holes,” she said. “I didn’t even know what I was doing.”
Choi bogeyed two of the first three holes and four of the last five.
If she can play like she did in the middle of the round, she is confident she’ll perform better on Tuesday.
“I think I’ll be more comfortable,” Choi said.
Monzingo leads 4A boys: Trophy Club Byron Nelson’s Major Monzingo shot a one-under 71, giving him a two-stroke lead over second-place Joe Beck of Austin Lake Travis.
Highland Park, which won the team title last year, is in second place, five strokes behind Austin Lake Travis.