After shooting a 347 on Day 1 at the Class 4A girls state golf tournament, Argyle finds itself seven strokes out of second place with one round to go at the Plum Creek Golf Course in Kyle.
The Lady Eagles, who finished the first round in fourth place, are one shot back from Midlothian Heritage (346) and seven shots back from Lampasas (340). Andrews, which has won eight consecutive state championships, appears to be well on its way to a ninth straight title after jumping out to a commanding 21-shot lead.
Argyle will begin Day 2 on the No. 1 tee at 8 a.m. Wednesday alongside Melissa and Salado, who are in a tie for fifth after shooting 349 on Tuesday.
“We’ve done everything we set out to do,” Argyle coach Nathan Moses said. “All you can really do in Round 1 is give yourself a chance in Round 2, and we’ve done that. It’s really pretty incredible how tightly packed the field is.
Moses said he was pleased with the way his team adjusted to the pressure of playing in the state tournament for the first time. Argyle is competing at state for the first time since 2015 and is fired up about the potential to finish among the state’s top three teams with a strong finish.
Hannah Wood led the way for Argyle on Day 1 by shooting a 78, while Madelyn Diomede shot an 86. Molly Yarbrough shot an 88, Katie Garner finished at 95 and Kenzie Sullivan shot a 107.
Wood’s score is tied with Skyler Strube (Andrews) and Ozlyan Juarez (Monahans) for sixth among individuals, while Carrollton Ranchview’s Bohyun Park set a blistering pace with a first-round 62.
“This is the first time this group as been down here, so this is a brand-new experience for us,” Moses said. “I think mid-round, our girls thought it was slipping away from us. I don’t think they thought the golf course and the conditions would play up to where they did. To be honest, the 347 we shot felt a whole lot like the 325 we had in Lubbock.
“We’re going to have to grind it out and have a lot of what we had on Day 2 at the regional tournament.”
Moses said the Lady Eagles will focus on relaxing Tuesday night without spending too much time thinking about returning to the course Wednesday. Argyle will look to close the gap on Lampasas while holding off Melissa, Salado and Monahans on the leaderboard.
“If you would have told me that we’d be within seven strokes of second place, I would’ve been thrilled,” Moses said. “They say you can’t win it on Day 1, but you can lose it on Day 1. We just wanted to come out and give ourselves an opportunity, and we did that. We’re down here to try to enjoy this experience and just try to learn from getting to play in the state tournament.”