JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
CORPUS CHRISTI — A solid start led to Class 4A state tournament berths for the Burnet High School girls and Llano High School boys golf teams.
The Class 4A Region IV tournament was shortened to one round April 14 because of heavy rain in Corpus Christi. So the first-round scores in both divisions were used.
The Yellow Jackets shot a 297 to win the regional championship, which was seven strokes better than second-place Fredericksburg.
The Lady Dawgs shot a 357 to finish second behind Lampasas, which posted a 335.
“The girls are pretty excited,” Burnet head coach Roy Kiser said. “We’ve had some individuals qualify (for the state tournament), but not as a team.”
Lauren Beckwith paced Burnet with an 81 to finish fifth overall followed by Taylor Carroll with an 82 for sixth place. Both are playing consistently well, Kiser said.
“You gotta have that,” he said. “We’re seeing Taylor get better and better every week.”
Jodi Hill and Malory Alvarez each shot a 97, and Reagan Giesenschlag posted a 111.
Beckwith said she and her teammates were determined to post the best scores they could in each round with the mindset of making the most of their opportunity. She added that having the proper mindset is crucial in playing well.
Beckwith qualified for the state tournament when she was a freshman at Lampasas but did not the past two years at Burnet.
“I am very blessed to be where I am,” she said. “I was able to catch up with a few (of the Lampasas golfers.) For (Burnet) to qualify for state, I’m very blessed to have that. As a freshman, I don’t think you realize what you’re doing. It’s really encouraging. We’re very happy. We’re very excited to represent Burnet.”
Llano is returning to the state tournament for a second time with the goal of finishing better than fourth place in 2014. The Yellow Jackets were second at regionals last year.
Head coach Mike McIntosh said this regional win illustrates “that hard work and dedication truly pays off.”
“That was our goal all year,” he said of the finish.
He added that while they’re happy with the results at regionals, the athletes realize there’s still more golf to be played.
Burnet’s Holden Hernandez finished tied for fourth. Kiser said Hernandez was 2 under par going into the 12th hole.
“He was really playing some great golf,” Kiser said. “He had some putts not go in for him. We’re really proud of him. To keep improving and stay motivated for four years, he deserved to be here. We’re proud of his hard work.”
The Class 4A state tournaments are April 27-28 at Wolfdancer Golf Club, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road in Cedar Creek.