Lady Tigers take on Fort Worth

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The Fort Worth Junior Golf Association 2013 boys and girls City Junior Golf Championships are approaching, and young players from around the Metroplex will take aim at the trophy. It’s another opportunity for Mansfield High School girls golfers to pad their resumes and get valuable experience as the Lady Tigers prepare to make another run for the state tournament.

Head girls golf coach Chris Coursey thinks any of his returning players from last year’s state tournament qualifying team – Tanner Wilson, Rachel Dahl or Courtney Bartholomew – has a chance to be in the thick of the hunt when the girls compete July 15-17 across several courses in Fort Worth.

And it’s not just this marquee local tournament that serves as a building block for the next incarnation of Lady Tigers golf. Coursey believes all competitive events over the summer are important opportunities to grow and gain valuable experience.

“These tournaments are huge for them for a couple of reasons,” Coursey said. “Number one, they’re playing competitively. They’re on their own and not just posting a score. It’s that competitive aspect.

“Also, we’re limited to seven high school tournaments during the [upcoming school] year. So, if they can play six or seven tournaments over the summer, that’s like a whole other season under their belts, just in the summertime.”

Coursey will be looking to fill the two remaining spots on his top five, and says he probably has three girls in mind for the two spots, including Lexi Noble, Lauren Suarez and Meghan Schexnaydre. At this point, he says they’re “neck-and-neck.” But whoever it ends up being, those girls will need to be in good form when the school year starts.

“At the level that we play at, most of the kids have to come out of the summer playing pretty well because we jump right into tournament play and we’re going to be expected to compete at the highest level against top-ranked teams across the state. So, they have to come in ready to go,” he said.

Coursey says he tracks the progress of his players through websites, text messages or seeing them on the course, and that they’re all playing pretty well at the moment, which is important for a team that has annual expectations of state tournament qualification.

“That’s always the goal,” Coursey said. “Sometimes we don’t get there, but every year we talk about playing in the state tournament. It keeps them hungry and they know what they’ve got to do.”

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