In their first Class 5A campaign, up against one of the state’s top teams, the Lady Cavaliers proved they are among the class of their new class.
Led by a school-record showing from Kristen Gillman, the Lake Travis girls golf team won the District 15-5A championship Tuesday and also set school records. In the process, the team bested Westlake, which finished third in state last year and features one of the state’s top golfers in Sierra Sims, by 24 strokes.
With a lead of eight strokes after Day 1, Lake Travis continued to club the ball well on Day 2 at the Lions Municipal Golf Course with three golfers – Gillman, Julia Beck and Ann Parmerter – finishing under par and Emily Gillman joining them in finishing top-five to earn all-district status.
The Lady Cavs score on Day 1, a 3-under par 281, was a one-day total school record, and their score on Day 2, a 7-under par 277, broke that record. The combined score of 558 was also a school record.
“That was quite a few records being broken there,” Lake Travis golf coach Randy Morris said. “To win district our first year in 5A – that’s really nice.”
Gillman shot a 6-under 68-68 136 to finish as second medalist to Sims, who shot a 63-70 133.
The third-place spot came down to a playoff between two Lady Cavs. Beck took third with rounds of 70-68 138 (4-under par) while Parmerter finished fourth with 69-69 138 after the playoff. The other Lady Cavs and scores were Emily Gillman with a 72-74 146 and Courtney Ford shot a 78-80 158 to finish in 12th place individually and earn honorable mention.
“They are on a roll; it’s exciting,” Morris said. “I don’t wanna jinx it or count it till it’s done, but they’re certainly doing what needs to be done. They have lofty goals and we’re not there yet.”
The rest of the Lake Travis squad at district were: Veronica McGrail 89-87 176, Marifer Tamkin 90-85 175, Michaela Francisco 102-103 205, Kaley Eichinger 123-113 236 and Brianna Dominguez 129-132 261.
The top two teams advance onto the Region 2-5A Championships, which will be held April 14-16 at Cottonwood Creek in Waco, and the top three teams at regionals advance on to state.
The regional competition will be fierce, with last year’s 5A state champ, Allen, joining the fray along with The Woodlands, which were second at the state tourney. Westlake took third and, of course, will be at the regional tournament, too. Lake Travis was one stroke behind The Woodlands and tied with Allen at the recent 5A State Preview Tournament. Then at the Vandegrift Viper Classic March 22-23, Lake Travis topped Allen by 11 strokes after being paired with them both days.
Lake Travis goes into regionals well prepared, with Emily Gillman, Parmerter and Ford helping the Lady Cavs finish third at the 4A state tournament last year.
“We’ll have our hands full there as well,” Morris said, “but we’re ready for it. My kids are seasoned from the state team back last year.”
At the Viper Classic, Lake Travis led by six strokes after the first day and added five more on Day 2 to beat Allen 605-616. Kristen Gillman (third), Beck and Emily Gillman all finished in the top 10.
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