Grapevine girls golf well represented at Fort Worth juniors tournament

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Last season, the Grapevine girls golf team missed taking home the district title by one stroke and saw its season end in the regional tournament, finishing second.

This month, the quest to a district title and a state tournament berth unofficially begins at the Fort Worth Junior Girls Golf Tournament.

Grapevine has seven girls registered to play, four from varsity and three from JV, in the July 15-17, city-wide tournament.

Seniors Amy Cox, Sara Porcheddu and Lindsey Allen and sophomore Elly Baze will represent Grapevine’s varsity program and head coach Brian Humphries hopes for successful finishes from all four.

“The girls are very coachable,” Humphries said. “They’re great kids in the classroom and on the golf course, and I’m looking forward to seeing those girls go out there and get a top 25 finish.”

In last year’s tournament, Cox recovered from a first round 87 to post scores of 77 and 78 on the final two days, finishing first in the second flight of the 18-hole division. Porcheddu finished third in the fifth flight, posting a total score of 285 along with Baze, who posted a total score of 302 and finished ninth in the fifth flight.

After the first round of the three-day tournament, the field is divided up into flights based on first-day scores. The second day is a battle for players to work their way into the championship flight.

Humphries, along with many coaches from the area, strongly encourages players to participate in the offseason tournament, as it is free of charge for the players.

It also gives the players experience against some of the best of their age, which can easily transfer into the high school season.

“When you take a look at the champions of the Fort Worth tournament, you have a lot of girls who have done a lot of good things locally, collegiately and a few that have made it professionally,” Humphries said. “It’s good for them to see those kinds of players in the local area. There is a good chance they will see more when we start up our season in September.”

It will also give Cox, Porcheddu and Allen, along with many seniors participating in the tournament, a chance to prove their skill to college coaches as they battle through the competition and spotlight the Fort Worth tournament provides.

Naturally, Humphries said this tournament will draw the attention of several coaches, especially the final round.

“The coaches want to go to the tournaments that have the highest number of well-known players,” Humphries said. “So it’s important for the girls or guys to play in the tournaments where there is a deep field because it offers the opportunity for a college coach to show up.”

On the other end of the spectrum, it gives players like Katie Heenan, Katie Edwards and Bailey Oehlert, along with many other JV players, a look at the challenges of varsity play and gives high school coaches a gauge on how the next wave of high schools players have developed through the off-season.

These players could be the key to reducing that one stroke and claiming a district title.

Humphries’ advice to all players in the stressful environment is very simple.

“Stay in the moment. Be patient,” he said.

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