Sept. 13 - 14 The Heart of Texas Championship @ Squaw Valley
The Highlander Girls Golfers began the 2019-2020 season with a solid effort at the 54 hole Heart of Texas Championship this weekend. many of the top teams in the state played in the 30 team field.
The Highlanders scores of 318-315-323 totaled 956 on the 6,000 yard Links and Lakes courses of Squaw Valley. This placed the Highlanders in 8th place overall in a very Strong field.
Avery Blake (Jr) led the way for the Highlanders with a solid 76-74-78 - 228 effort. Valeria Cruz (Jr) added 82-77-81 -240. Freshman Sofia Bastidas began her Woodlands HS Career with a 1st round 92, but improved with each round with scores of 82 and 78 to finish the event with a 252. Seniors Katie Greene and Juliana Capacho began their final season of High School play contributing some solid play over the 3 round event.
Sept. 30 Westfork
The Highlander D and E teams competed in the Conroe HS Girls Invitational at Westfork GC. For many of the girls it was their 1st taste of team golf.
Sophmore Brenda Zacur led the way for the Highlanders in her debut for the team by firing a solid 92. Freshman Yasmine Stone added 93 in her debut, while Veteran sophomore Sydnie Loverige posted a 97.
The Team score of 387 was a strong 5th in a solid field of area varsity teams.
Oct 7 April Sound
The Girls competed at the Lake Creek HS Girls Varsity event on Monday. The mix of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Highlander teams played well and finished 4th in a battle of some of the areas, 1st teams.
The Girls final total of 383 was led by Junior, Natalia Del Olmo's 84. That score was 2nd place individually. Juniors Gabby Reese, Annelise Smith and Faith Freyou added to the teams 4th place finish.
Oct 11-12 Glennloch Pines
The Highlander Girls 2nd and 3rd teams battled the Houston Areas Top Varsity teams to a 6th and 9th place finish.
The Girls 2nd team was led by Senior Madie Greene and Junior Anistyn Smart. Noth firing a 168. Junior Davis Pendley added to the effort with a 171.
The 3rd teams was led by Junior Holly Paterson, 167 and Junior Ashley Gibson 181.
Several Highlanders tasted the highest level of varsity competition the Houston Area has to offer for their very 1st time, in their 1st high school events. We should see vast improvements in their scores as they acclimate to this high level of play.
Oct 15 Lake Windcrest
The Highlander 4th team played in the Magnolia Girls Invitational. The girls 4th place finish was led by Juniors Brenda Xacur and Annelise Smith. Freshman Yasmine Stone added to the effort.
Oct 25-26 Miller Course Match Play
A mixture of the Highlander A and B teams faced off against 5 of the areas toughest competition. All of the teams competing have aspirations of traveling to Austin to vie for the State Championships in Class 5A or 6A.
The Girls played the initial 36 holes under cold temps and high winds from the North which made for a chilly 9 hours of play. The girls showed a lot of grit and powering thru the bitter weather and fell a few stroke short of the championship match for the event.
Valeria Cruz (Jr) led the way with a solid 84-81 effort, while Freshman Sofia Bastidas, Juniors Holly Paterson, Davis Pendley and Natalia Del Olmo added to the 5th place team score.
Saturday's Match Play round saw the Highlanders facing off with District rival Klein Oak in a series of 6 individual Matches.
The Team earned a solid 3.5 to 2.5 victory over the Panthers.
Holly Paterson's impressive 8+7 win over her competition gave her the opportunity to guide teammate Davis Pendly to her 1 up win. Senior Madie Greene also made quick work of her opponent 6+5.
With the Highlanders up 3 matches to 2 matches, all Natalia Del Olmo needed to do was secure a tie in her match. That is exactly what she did, battling back from an early deficit to secure the 1/2 point and a Highlander win.
Nov 8-9 Bentwater
The Girls competed in a very tough field at Bentwater this weekend. Many of the State's contending teams were on hand as difficult conditions on Friday led to high scoring. Saturday's near perfect weather was a nice change to the recent chilly weather.
Junior Avery Blake, led the Red Team to a 7th place finish with her 2 day total of 158. That was solid enough for a 9th place individual finish.
Senior Katie Greene and Junior Holly Paterson helped give the Highlanders a 2nd round score of 323, which was the 5th lowest daily team score for the entire event.
Juniors Gabby Reese and Ashley Gibson led the way for the Green Team. Freshman Kylie King and Belinda Yu gained valuable top level Varsity experience for the future.
It was a very positive event for the Highlanders as we had several players playing far above their ranking on the team to make up for unavailable players. Their level of play, especially during Saturdays final round shows the depth the Highlander Girls Golf team has and we have players capable of stepping up now and in the future.