Sports teams always hope to peak at the right time, and it seems that could be happening for Tiger golf.
Competing in the Alvarado Tournament in Cleburne on Friday, both the Tigers and Lady Tigers did a tremendous job in their final tune-up before district.
The Tigers shot 327 as a team to finish first among a field of over 50 golfers. They defeated Stephenville by one stroke, and Alvarado was also in the field.
“I’m really proud of the whole team the way they battled and hung in there,” said coach Wayne Roberts. “It all counts Monday, and hopefully (our performance) will carry over. It’s really good to see these guys make this kind of improvement this time of year.
“I think beating Stephenville and Alvarado now is a boost for us, but it’s also motivation for them. We know what we have to do, but it’s a matter of doing it. These teams are very close.”
Kiley Word and Peyton Lytle each shot 77 to finish as top-10 medalists.
“I know Kiley would like to shoot better, but being in the 70s along with Peyton is excellent for us,” the coach said. “This was a different course than we’ve been playing, plus golf is a funny game. We hadn’t been able to practice much this week, and it’s hard to stay sharp. The low round out there was 72, and I know Kiley can do that.
“Peyton is getting to practice more now and that’s resulted in his scores being better. It’s a challenge for him to help us and baseball at the same time.”
Evan Burns (85), Jared Brandt (88) and Jadon Morris (88) each took a clear step forward.
“Evan, Jared and Jadon played their best round of the year, and it’s great to have Evan back,” Roberts said. “It’s the right time for Jared and Jadon to get in the 80s. Those young guys have been playing since the fall, and they’ve put a lot of time out there on the course. Hopefully they enable our team to make the regional tournament.”
As for the Lady Tigers, they finished third as a team behind Crowley and Alvarado among a field of 31 girls. Glen Rose did beat Stephenville.
“Most of these girls are doing other sports and academic events,” Roberts said. “As those other things have begun to wind down, they’ve been able to put in more time practicing and we’ve seen improvement. The team has one senior and six freshmen; seeing the strides we’ve made, as a coach I couldn’t be more excited.”
Jacqui Condy shot 84 and finished as a top-10 medalist.
“Jacqui had a couple of bad holes, and she knows if she eliminates that she’ll be shooting in the 70s,” Roberts said. “I know that’s a personal goal for her and hopefully next week she reaches it.”
Brittan Grace shot 104.
“Brittan has put in the work after returning from her foot injury, and I can tell she’s enjoying the game,” Roberts said. “I’m very pleased with her effort and improvement.”
Hailey Allen shot 108, while Bailey Brown shot 110.
“Hailey and Bailey are young and trying to juggle multiple sports, which will make for a really busy week coming up with district golf and track,” Roberts said. “We’re all trying to work together to accomplish the same goal.”
Other Lady Tigers included Devan Elliott (111), Madison Wooten (116) and Ashley Daniels (120).
The district golf tournament will begin on Monday at 8 a.m. in Cleburne and day two will get started at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Glen Rose.