Lady Spartans’ McKesson, Wilkins qualify for regional championships
Centennial’s Amanda McKesson and Mattee Wilkins each saved their best for last Thursday at the District 9-5A girls golf championships.
They both will represent Centennial at the upcoming Class 5A Region II championships after qualifying at the district meet.
McKesson won a sudden-death playoff against Granbury’s Rylee Rinehart to finished second in the district. The pair finished two days of play with 168’s. Wilkins needed two holes to top Burleson’s Caitlin Farnell in a sudden-death playoff for the final regional spot. Wilkins and Farnell had finished tied for sixth place with Granbury’s Kaylie Garcia after each shot a combined 175 at Glen Rose’s Squaw Valley Golf Course.
“It was great to see Amanda and Mattee perform under pressure in sudden-death playoffs,” Centennial coach Matt Dunn said. “Amanda made a great up and down from off the green for par. Mattee and Farnell both made par on their first playoff hole and Mattee made a great up and down for par from off the green on the second hole to win the playoff.”
Granbury’s Purple and Gold teams will represent the district at regionals. The Lady Pirates’ Purple team fired a two-day 671 to win the district title.
The Gold squad shot a 722 to place second, Centennial finished third two shots out of second place and Burleson placed fourth with a 735.
“The girls played great the first round,” Dunn said. “The 357 they shot was is our lowest team score in five years. The second day we struggled with nerves a little having not been in that position before but still had a 10-shot lead on Granbury with nine holes to play. The back nine proved to be the difference as Granbury overcame the adversity a little better than we did to win.”
Playing for Granbury’s Purple team, Landree Chiles fired a 156 to claim the district title. The regional championships will take place April 25-26 at Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club.
Playing for Centennial along with McKesson and Wilkins were Arian Prickett, Maddie Luker, and Larissa Guzman. Prickett finished 16th with a two-day 183. Luker carded a two-day total of 198 to place 24th and Guzman was 29th after firing a 217.
Burleson’s Ashley Branch finished 10th overall thanks to shooting a two-day score of 178. Mikayleigh Norris fired a 184 to place 17th. Madison Hughes carded a 198 to finish 24th and An Min Choi was 27th finishing with a two-day total of 202.