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State golf notebook: 5A title wraps up Allen girls' incredible run as Texas' No. 1 team
AUSTIN — Allen’s powerful girls team, ranked No. 1 all year, outlasted a feverish rally from The Woodlands and captured the Class 5A UIL girls state golf championship Tuesday at the demanding Onion Creek Club in Austin.
Allen, spurred for the second straight day by ace sophomore Maddie Szeryk, ended up at 21-over 581, 11 strokes better than The Woodlands (592) and 23 strokes ahead of defending champion Austin Westlake (604).
“We wanted to be in the lead when we got to the final six holes because we struggled on that part of the course [Monday],” Allen coach Karen Gravley said. “We were able to play some of our best golf when we needed it the most, and our win today was really an example of the whole team pulling together and just refusing to lose.”
Szeryk, who fashioned the round of the tournament with a 4-under 66 on the first day of play, finished second to Westlake’s Sierra Sims in the 4A girls individual event when Szeryk faltered down the stretch.
Up by four shots going into the par-5 12th hole, Szeryk drove into the trees and out of bounds and ended up bogeying the hole while Sims parred.
Sims (3-under 137) played the final 12 holes in 1-under after playing her first six in 1-over. Szeryk (2-under 138) was 2-over on the back, with bogeys on holes 12, 13, 15 and 18 and birdies on 10 and 14.
She had five bogeys Tuesday after recording none Monday.
San Antonio Reagan’s MariJosse Navarro was third in the girls 5A individual event at 3-over 143, while Allen’s Vanessa Ha and Jordy LaBarbera tied for sixth at 5-over 145.
Scheffler blitzes 4A field: Scott Scheffler of Highland Park rolled to the Class 4A boys individual title with a 4-under 140 at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin.
Scheffler led wire to wire and ended up three shots clear of Austin Lake Travis’ Klein Klotz and four strokes ahead of Granbury’s Travis Benson and Lake Travis’ Andrew Liu.
Major Monzingo of Trophy Club Bryon Nelson ended up fifth at 2-over 146 after fashioning a 1-under 71 in the second round.
The boys 4A team title went to Lake Travis for the second consecutive year. The Cavaliers shot a two-round total of 12-over 588, 13 strokes in front of Highland Park (601) and 19 shots in front of Trophy Club Nelson (607).
Nelson just short in girls 4A: Nelson’s Maty Monzingo had a two-stroke lead over defending Class 4A champion Lindsey McCurdy of Buda Hays with two holes to play but finished bogey-double bogey to end up second at 1-under 143. McCurdy was up by four after the first round but faltered and left the door open for Monzingo, but she could not close the deal.
Grace Choi of Woodrow Wilson finished third at 3-over 147, while Carrolton Newman Smith’s Eji Kwon was fourth at 149 and Nelson’s Rainy Manor tied for fifth at 151.
The Nelson girls surged but could not get past talented and deep Montgomery, finishing second by three strokes. Montgomery carded a 622 to Nelson’s 625; Nelson made up three shots on the front-runners in the second round.
Frisco Wakeland was a distant sixth at 664, followed by Aledo at 676 and Frisco Liberty at 678.
No repeat for Mansfield: The Mansfield boys picked the least opportune time to play their worst golf of the year and failed to defend their 5A crown, finishing a distant fourth behind three teams they have handled all season: The Woodlands, Austin Westlake and Fort Bend Travis.
The Woodlands shot 1-over 281 in the second round to run away with the title at 11-over 571.
Westlake, the champ in 2010, perhaps was in a bit of a malaise from Mansfield’s poor showing and never responded to The Woodlands’ charge, finishing second at 579.