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April 16, 2014

HUNTSVILLE GOLF — Lady Hornets punch ticket to UIL Golf State Tournament

SEALY — The Lady Hornets finished just like they expected and will be moving onto the state golf tournament after placing third at the Class 4A Region III tournament on Wednesday at River Ridge Golf Club.

Huntsville held a 14-shot lead over fourth-place Barbers Hill going into the final round and barring an epic collapse, the Lady Hornets were set to cruise onto state tournament.

Yet it was still about playing to the highest of their capabilities in pursuit of a second straight state tournament appearance.

So with no pressure to bear, the Huntsville girls were 12 shots better than Tuesday’s opening round of 324 and nearly surpassed Kingwood Park for the second-place finish.

“I guess we’ve been kind of assuming we would be going to state this whole year, so it’s not too much of a big surprise,” Lady Hornets senior Courtney Tibiletti said. “But it’s still nice to know our season isn’t over yet. Since there wasn’t any pressure, we wanted to see how low we could go.”

Huntsville placed third with a total score of 636, just three strokes behind Kingwood Park (633) and 13 shots behind tournament winner Montgomery (623).

Senior Hannah Valentine said the team just had to maintain its emotions, stay under control and take it shot by shot.

The biggest adjustment the Lady Hornets had to make was hitting on the fast greens.  

“They’re in really good shape and we’re not used to that,” said Valentine of the greens.

Huntsville coach Marcus Evans said he was impressed with the way Huntsville dealt with the greens, but expects to practice on faster greens before the state tournament begins April 28.

The state tournament will be held at the University of Texas Golf Club and Evans expects those greens to at be just as fast, if not faster.

“They did an outstanding job dealing with all of the elements,” Evans said. “We improved 12 shots over yesterday’s round, which means we came out here with the mind-set that we were going to take care of business today.

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