The Purcell girls golf team claimed the runner-up prize last week at a soggy Westwood Golf Course in the State tournament.
“It was quite a mess but playable, unlike last year,” Purcell Golf Coach Mike Gowens said. “The girls did a good job.”
The tournament started Wednesday at 10:30 with a shotgun start due to the wet conditions.
The team shot 341-334-675 for the two-day tournament. They beat third-place Dickson by nine strokes.
Plainview won the championship with an eye-popping 288-294-582.
“Plainview is loaded and I knew we’d be playing for runner-up,” Gowens said. “I felt like if we played well we could get second and if we didn’t play well we’d come in fifth. Runner-up was the best we could do and we showed up and got it done.”
Jade McCurdy was the top golfer for the Dragons, shooting 76-73-149.
She finished tied for fourth individually.
McCurdy also took home All-State honors after she won a playoff.
“Jade played well,” Gowens said.
Alicia Baker took eighth place individually after she shot 78-74-152.
Baker had only broken 90 one time all season but got some coaching by Gowens earlier in the week.
“I gave her a couple swing thoughts in a lesson,” he said. “I knew Alicia had the ability to do what she did but she hadn’t shown signs she was going to do it.
“I hadn’t seen anything like it since Jae Lynn Lamkin shot 82-82 several years ago after a chipping lesson. She was getting up and down on nearly every chip after that,” Gowens said with a chuckle.
Anoli Billy shot 90-95-185 and Lexi Longley shot 97-92-189.
“Anoli and Lexi played solid.
Plainview’s Reagan Chaney won the tournament with a 66-70-136.
“Overall it was a very successful season,” Gowens said.