Ursuline Golf will compete at the TAPPS 6A State Championships on Monday, April 29, and Tuesday, April 30.
Top players, senior Elena Song and junior Courtney Kang, will be back in the lineup at just the right time. The duo, who has battled illness and injury this season, will join senior Haley Rickman and sophomores Aiden McLachlan and Marcy Mount at Stonetree Golf Club in Killeen. The Bears won districts and placed second at regionals.
State is next week, and you'll return as defending champions. What are your expectations at Stonetree Golf Club?
"It's exciting to have another opportunity at the state title this upcoming week. Our girls are familiar with the course. With some good practice and course management, all the girls have a great chance to shoot low and defend out title."
You've dealt with a lot of illness and injury this season. How has that affected results?
"It was unfortunate with the amount of injuries the team has had this season, but it has also given the younger girls an opportunity to step up and play more competitive rounds. Even without our best players, we've managed to win three events and place second in two events."
What are the strengths of this year's team?
"Our strength this year is definitely distance and consistency. Senior Haley Rickman has been shooting in the 70s consistently as well as sophomore Aidan Mclachlan with low 80s and high 70s. Aidan has also gained tremendous distance with her driver (up to 270 yards) and that has given her more opportunities to make birdie. Sophomore Marcy Mount also improved by shooting her best scores at regionals with an 80 and 84. She is another player to watch for at the State Championship. Top players Courtney Kang and Elena Song will also be back in our lineup at state."
When you're not coaching golf, you're playing it (of course). Have you competed in any tournaments recently?
"I competed in a one-day, 36-hole qualifier this November and managed to shoot the lowest score with a 68 and 69. I'm also competing in the U.S. Women's Open sectional qualifier on May 2 at Canyon Creek Country Club and possibly another Tour event May 14-17 at Hurricane Creek Country Club. Working with these girls and seeing how much fun they have motivates me to get out there and play a little more. I'm also wedding planning for the fall. I'm busy, but very happy."
What is a typical Ursuline practice look like?
"Our practices this spring have consisted of more course management work. We've taken them on the course to work on different situations they may have while competing. I have also provided team games as well as points challenges on the golf course, so the girls can focus on the process instead of their score."