Nelson sophomore turns heads at Fort Worth Juniors

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As a rising sophomore golfer at Byron Nelson, Alexandra Batista has already made a name for herself.

That name might as well be “Alex Ice.”

Twice she has finished the Fort Worth Junior Girls Tournament in eighth place, last year as an incoming freshman.

Of course, she can credit her success to an abundance of natural talent, but Nelson head coach Barry Hawkins said it’s her fearless demeanor that makes her such a tough competitor.

“There’s really a lot of good players out there with natural talent, but it’s very rare that you find one that is able to handle it with the nerves,” Hawkins said. “She doesn’t get nervous, it seems like. I’m sure she is, but in no way does she ever show it. That’s the real impressive thing to me, is she just looks so mature on the golf course.”

She first demonstrated her ice-cold approach to the game in last year’s UIL 4A state tournament, recovering from a first-round 80 to post a second-round 73, which tied for the third best individual score posted on the second day of the tournament.

Remember, this was all when Batista was just a freshman.

“The round she shot on Day 2 at the state tournament was unbelievable,” Hawkins said. “That goes back to being poised and knowing she’s in the hunt and her team is in the hunt. For her to be playing No. 2 for us all year long against some of the best players in the state, and she handled it with such ease.”

The 2013 Fort Worth Juniors was a similar story. After posting a first round 79, Batista slipped a little on Day 2, scoring an 85.

However, she rallied in the third round at River Crest Country Club to post the second-best score of the day, a 76. That score was only bested by the tournament winner, Arlington High’s Erica Lautensack, who dominated every day of the tournament.

While she hoped to break 80 on all three days of the tournament, she was happy with her second straight eighth place finish.

“[I did] pretty good because last year I played and I got eighth and I didn’t play very well,” she said. “This year I was glad I broke 80 two days. I wanted to shoot below 80 all three days, but two days is OK.”

It seems the sky is the limit for the young golfer from Nelson, and she has lofty goals to match.

Naturally, a collegiate career is a dream for Batista, and Hawkins said her performance at the state tournament has already drawn some attention.

“[College coaches were] wanting to know who is this freshman from Byron Nelson, and that what it takes; shoot a score at a quality tournament and it’ll turn heads. Forth Worth City Juniors does that as well.”

You might say that collegiate dream sits on her mind throughout her entire day on the course. Fixed upon the bill of her cap is a shiny white and purple TCU ball maker, signifying her wish, as of now, to be Horned Frog.

However, she still has three long years to worry about that decision and to check another impressive goal off her list, beginning next summer.

“I’ve played [in the Fort Worth Juniors] a lot of years, so my goal is to win at least one of my years.”

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