Despite having his 8-year-old daughter Preslie nearby to help him keep calm, Argyle girls golf coach Nathan Moses said he expects his nerves to be far from at ease during the Class 4A girls state golf tournament.
Around the team, though, Moses has been as calm as ever while trying to keep his five players as steady as possible entering the two-day tournament.
The Lady Eagles, who qualified for state for the first time since 2015, will begin play at 9:10 a.m. Monday at the Plum Creek Golf Course in Kyle, Texas.
“We just want to enjoy this opportunity, but we want to treat it just like we did all of our other events,” Moses said. “If we can do that, we really have an opportunity to come home with a medal. We tried to maintain a routine and make this just another event, so we don’t get caught up in the moment. We’re very prepared, but we’re really trying to enjoy it.”
The five Argyle girls set to compete are Molly Yarbrough, Hannah Wood, Madelyn Diomede, Katie Garner and Kenzie Sullivan. The group shot a combined 652 at the 4A Region I tournament to finish three shots ahead for Snyder for the third and final qualifying spot.
Andrews will again enter the tournament as the favorites as it has won eight straight state championships and has a chance to set a record by claiming its ninth this week.
Andrews won the Region I tournament by 27 strokes.
In that same regional tournament, Argyle’s third-place finish was led by Yarbrough, who shot a 160. Diomede shot a 163, Wood shot a 165, Garner finished at 165 and Sullivan shot a 184.
The Lady Eagles hope to build on those numbers while competing alongside a field that includes Andrews, Monahans, Melissa, Longview Spring Hill, Caddo Mills, Midlothian Heritage, Hardin-Jefferson, Gatesville, Lampsas, Salado and La Vernia.
After emerging out of Region I, Moses is excited to see his team maintain that same level of play while competing against the best in Texas.
“We just hope our experiences make us better,” Moses said. “We had a great experience in Lubbock and as a coach that’s all I can hope for, that we use to use experiences to put together the best 36 holes that we can have. We’ve played with great competition and for us it’s using all of those great experiences to our benefit moving forward.
“We’re going to play our hardest and hopefully make everyone proud.”