— By Traci McMinn —
The Panhandle Panthers A and B Golfers and Pantherettes traveled to Odessa to compete in the Class 2A Regional Golf Tournament at Ratliff Ranch Golf Links on April 22-25.
The Panthers competed on April 22 and 23. Although the weather was near perfect for the first round of competition, the scores were not what the boys had wanted. The Panthers A Team finished the first round of Regional play by shooting a total of 346 strokes and sitting in fourth place going into the final round on Tuesday and were nine strokes from third place.
The weather on Tuesday was rainy and cool, but the sun broke through the clouds and the boys were ready to play and conquer one of the top three team spots to advance to the State tournament. They finished the final round by shooting a 331 and having a two-day total of 677 strokes for third place and securing a return trip to State.
Competing for the Panthers A Team were Sean McMinn 85-79; Josh Prather 84-80; Logan McCoid 82-83; Griffin Fields 95-89; and Carter Neil 95-101.
The Panthers B Team shot 362 and were sitting in seventh place after the first round and shot 382 on Tuesday to finish in seventh place with 744 strokes.
Competing for the Panthers B Team were Wesley Jones 82-87; Alex Kuehler 100-91; Joe Smith 91-101; Gauge Hackett 89-114; and Baylee Ogletree 119-103.
Out of 81 players, Sean and Josh were tied for 10th overall, Logan was 14th, Wesley tied for 16th, Griffin tied for 34th, Alex tied for 42nd, Joe tied for 44th, Carter was 57th, Gauge was 62nd and Baylee was 73rd.
The Pantherettes advanced to the Girls Regional Golf Tournament by finishing second as a team in the District 2-2A Golf Tournament.
The weather was not cooperating for the girl’s first round on Wednesday, April 24, due to heavy thunderstorms that delayed the start until noon. The Ettes shot 429 strokes and were sitting in sixth place after the first round. On Thursday, April 25, the sun shown in the horizon for the final round. The Ettes shot 430 for a two-day total 859 and finished in sixth place.
Competing for the Ettes were Brayleigh McGill 99-94; Maycie Hammer 109-105; Ashleigh George 109-109; and Kinley Hammer 112-122.
Out of 71 players, Brayleigh tied for 13th, Maycie was 31st, Ashleigh was 33rd and Kinley was 48th.
PHS Golf Coach Kristi Cameron said, “I am so proud to be these girls and boys coach. They play with so much heart. One of our team members, Sara McMinn could not play due to illness and the first thing they did was put her initials on their golf balls and played for her. These girls all did an amazing job at Regionals … so proud of their accomplishments. Having two teams of boys at Regionals just speaks volumes about all of these guys. The boys were down nine strokes out of third place after the first round. They played with determination and fought their way through it missing second place by one stroke and earned a return trip to State. The second team of boys finished seventh. They never gave up and played hard. So proud of their diligence! Can’t wait until next year!”
The Panthers A Team will compete in the UIL Boys State Golf Championships at Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin on May 20-21.