Top 12: McDaniel closes state tourney with 75

From Staff Reports

May 9, 2007 - AUSTIN - Whitney McDaniel wanted to finish her high school career as one of the top 10 golfers in Class 4A.

She came mighty close on Tuesday.

McDaniel finished in 12th place in the UIL State Golf Tournament, played Monday and Tuesday at the Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin.

After shooting a round of 81 over the first 18 holes on Monday, McDaniel came back with a 75 on Tuesday, the ninth-best score of the day. That moved her up to 12th overall with a two-day total of 156.

"My goal was top 10 or at least shoot in the 70s both days," McDaniel said. "I didn't do both of those, but I did come out with a strong finish last round."

McDaniel said her putting came around on Tuesday, enabling her to lower her score by six strokes.

"My putting was a whole lot better the second day," she said. "I was sinking putts left and right the first nine holes, and I didn't do that the first day.

The 5,727-yard, par-71 course yielded just one 36-hole total that was under par, by Lisa McCloskey of Montgomery, who won the individual title with a 141 total. Montgomery also won the team title with a 307-229-606.

McDaniel was playing as a medalist after finishing fourth individually at the Class 4A, Region II tournament. She was the District 11-4A champion and Monday night was named the MVP of the golf team.

Her focus, though, was improving her game from Monday to Tuesday. For the last week, she had been working on her short game.

"I did a lot of work 100 yards on in," McDaniel explained. "I worked on 30-50 yard shots and worked on putting."

She started getting serious about playing golf in the eighth grade and has improved each year. Earlier this season, she shot a personal-best 74, that is believed to be the lowest tournament score ever by an SSHS female golfer.

Next year, she will play for East Central University in Oklahoma.

For her senior season, she went out on a high note.

"It's great to be in top 12," McDaniel said. "It's crazy to be in the top 12 golfers in 4A. My goal was top 10, but I was just three strokes behind."

UIL Class 4A Results

Girls

Roy Kizer Golf Course, Austin

Yardage: 5,727; Par 71

Team - 1. Montgomery (Purple) 307-299-606; 2. Dallas Highland Park 325-304-629; 3. Aledo 322-329-651; 4. Austin Lake Travis 329-323-652; 5. Montgomery (Gold) 332-328-660; 6. New Braunfels 332-334-666; 7. Wolfforth Frenship 357-341-698; 8. Waco Midway 364-359-723.

Individual Top 12 - 1. Lisa McCloskey, Montgomery (Purple) 72-69-141; 2. Shannon Jungman, Pflugerville Hendrickson 79-69-148; 3. Lila Barton, Highland Park 79-69-148; 4. Chelsea Mocio, FW Arlington Heights 76-73-149; 5. Prisela Campbell, Keller Fossil Ridge 77-72-149; 6. Katy Ward, Aledo 75-75-150; 7. Abby Oberthier, Montgomery (Purple) 82-68-150; 8. Chelsea Sargent, Montgomery (Gold) 77-73-150; 9. Kristin Foyteck, Montgomery (Purple) 75-76-151; 10. Samantha Martinez, San Antonio Southside 78-74-152; 11. Perri Sammis, Highland Park 77-77-154; 12. Whitney McDaniel, Sulphur Springs 81-75-156.

Boys

Roy Kizer Golf Course

Austin, Texas

Yardage: 6,819; Par 71

Team - 1. Aledo 283-281-564; 2, Dallas Highland Park ‘‘Blue’’ 293-281-574; 3. Austin Lake Travis 291-291-582; 4. Cedar Park Vista Ridge 292-292-584; 5. Fort Worth Arlington Heights 291-296-587; 6. Texarkana Texas 295-297-592; 7. Montgomery 304-307-611; 8. Katy Seven Lakes 314-307-621.

Individual Top 10 - 1. Adam Wennerstrom, Austin Lake Travis 69-68-137; 2. Brax McCarthy, FW Arlington Heights 71-67-138; 3. Michael Smith, Cedar Park Vista Ridge 72-67-139; 4. Jamey Taylor, Friendswood 70-69-139; 5.

Michael Miller, Aledo 71-68-139; 6. Cody Gribble, Highland Park ‘‘Blue’’ 70-69-139; 7. Daniel Wood, Cedar Park Vista Ridge 70-69-139; 8. Austin Berkovsky, Aledo 68-72-140; 9. Trey Sullivan, Aledo 71-69-140; 10. Chase Anderson, Alamo Heights 67-74-141; 10. Zack Fischer, Texarkana Texas 69-72-141.

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