Tigers win Frenship Girls Golf Invitational
The Frenship girls golf team kicked off its spring season on a strong note last weekend.
The Tigers finished first with a total score of 666 in the 2017 Frenship Girls Golf Invitational.
With district play on the way and a championship under their belts, Frenship coach Roger Whipkey feels its going to be a good year forhis squad.
“I am real excited about our team. The girls have been working really hard and putting in a lot of time in and getting better,” he said. “Idefinitely have some high hopes for us. Of course, our goal is to win our district and our district is really tough this year. So, we aregoing to have to keep improving and getting better.”
The Frenship Invitational featured teams from Lubbock High, Cooper, Dumas, Amarillo, Tascosa and Canyon Randall.
The tournament was played the first day at the Rawls Course and second at the Reese Golf Center.
Dumas finished second with a scored of 696 and Cooper finished third with a score of 711.
The Tigers were led by sophomore Haley Vargas, who shot 70 on the final day and 148 overall.
Vargas was named the Lone Star Varsity Girls Golfer of the Year last season, after helping Frenship win the District 2-6A tournamenttitle. She finished her freshman campaign the district champion and placed 15th out of 96 golfers at the Region I-6A tournament.
According to an earlier report, she is currently being recruited by Texas Tech, and Arizona State has shown interest.
She isn’t the only key returner on the Tiger squad, though.
Kaytlin Raney, Steffani Roldan and Hallie Oden are all returners from last year’s team. Vargas, Raney and Roldan received all-districthonors last season.
“This is the deepest team I have ever had,” Whipkey said. “We go eight or nine girls deep. There is always competition for the four andfive spots to make the top five on our team, and what that does is create a lot of competition. Which, competition makes everyonebetter. I think that is what excites me the most is how competitive it is to make the top five.”
Whipkey anticipates the newly realigned District 2-6A to be a difficult test. The district includes Midland, Midland Lee, Odessa, Permian,San Angelo Central and Tascosa.
“We have three more tournaments before (district) to work at it and improve course management and other aspects of (our game),” hesaid. “We just got to play and get as many rounds in as we can.”
FRENSHIP GIRLS GOLF INVITATIONAL
Team totals: 1. Frenship Blue, 344-322—666; 2. Dumas 360-336 —696; 3. Cooper 373-338 —711; 4. Tascosa, 407-354—761; 5.Amarillo, 399-369—768; 5. Frenship Gold, 405-363—768; 6. Lubbock High, 398-371—769; 7. Canyon Randall, 438-372—810.
Frenship Blue: Haley Vargas, 78-70—148; Kaytlin Raney, 86-78—164; Steffanie Roldan, 95-87—182; Alyssa Hamilton, 90-87—177;Hallie Oden, 90-89—179.
Frenship Gold: Kaitlyn Gossett, 96-89—185; Brooklyn Nix, 99-97—196; Chase Ford, 99-82—181; Loren Abernathy, 112-95—207; AveryKernal, 111-108—219.
Frenship girls golf schedule
Date Tournament Location
Feb. 24-25 Midland Tall-City Invitational Midland
Mar. 3-4 Shadow Hills Preview Lubbock
Mar. 24-25 Diamondback District Preview Abilene
Apr. 3-4 District Tournament Abilene
Apr. 26-27 Regional Tournament Arlington
May 15-16 State Tournament Georgetown
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