Day 2 rally propels Coppell to sixth place finish at state tournament


Photo courtesy Gary Beyer

Coppell golfers Kirsten Angosta, Rachel Pryor, Mia Gaboriau, Lauren Rios and Rylie Allison play at the Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown. Coppell took home sixth place out of 12 teams.

Angelina Liu, Visual Media Editor

Heading to the UIL Class 6A State Golf tournament for the second time in seven years, the Coppell girls golf team was insistent in capturing the tense and nervous energy to hopefully play well and medal. 

However, like catching lightning in a bottle, the control seemed to escape the team. 

On May 16-17 the Coppell girls golf team traveled to Georgetown to compete in the UIL Class 6A State Golf Tournament, held at Legacy Hills Golf Club. After two days of play against 12 teams, Coppell finished sixth with a team score of 613 , identical to its score from last year. 

Heading into the tournament, Coppell had played 10 out of 12 teams, beating first place San Antonio Reagan twice previously. On the first day, Coppell shot a 305, averaging a round of 76 per player. At one point, Coppell found itself only 11 strokes away from first. However, due to a bumpy start on the second day, Coppell fell behind.  

“The team was disappointed that they didn’t perform better,” Beyer said. “But I was not. I couldn’t be prouder of how they rallied. They could’ve just caved and threw in the towel but not one of the five did that. They played hard, they fought hard all the way to the end.” 

On the second day, Coppell played 12 over on the first nine holes which landed it in 10th place. However, the team rallied and played  2-over on the back nine to finish with a 308. 

“There was a lot of pressure just because there were only five of us,” junior golfer Rylie Allison said. “When you’re out there playing you understand that every single shot matters. It matters to you and it matters to the rest of your team. So you don’t want to be the one shot that makes the difference. It just puts pressure on you every single moment you’re thinking about that and wanting to play well for your teammates.” 

Coppell senior and University of Texas at San Antonio signee Lauren Rios had a phenomenal first day with a score of 1-over 73. Rios finished with a score of 150 after shooting 77 on the second day to finish 20th overall. 

“I was really proud,” Rios said. “I’ve had kind of a rough season so it felt right to end my career on a good note.” 

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