The Byron Nelson golf team will send two athletes to this year's state tournament, and coach Barry Hawkins said this year the Bobcats could bring home some hardware.
Hayden Springer and Alexandra Batista are both headed to Austin next Monday, and Hawkins said that while it was disappointing that the team will not be represented on the boys side again, this may work out just fine.
“We didn't play as well as we would have liked to on Day 1,” Hawkins said. “That put us behind the eight ball a little bit, knowing we were up against some tough challengers as it was since we were moving up in classification and playing against the big boys.
“But the second day, we came back and played really, really well. Hayden himself had an OK round on Day 1, but he let a couple of birdie chances slip away. I think he shot a 73 on Day 1, but he came back with a nice 70 on Day 2.”
Springer was actually four under par about six or seven holes into the second day of competition and ended up shooting a 70 and finished tied for seventh overall.
Hawkins said that the goal for Springer at the state meet is pretty clear-cut for this season.
“Our objective for Hayden is to go and win it,” Hawkins said. “He's got game, he's got the skills, he's got the mindset to go and do it. He's been there before. He has been there three straight years to the state meet competing at the top level. This will be the first year he has gone as an individual qualifier, but the kid can play. He's got full intentions of going in there and winning the state championship.”
Springer said that he was not as happy as he could have been about his showing at the regional meet, but added that his focus now is bringing home a medal from the state meet.
“I felt good going into it, but didn't play especially well the first day,” Springer said. “I did keep myself in it. I made three bogies and a couple of birdies coming in that kept me in the tournament. Then the second day, I got off to a really good start and just kind of leveled it off there. It was enough to get in, so I am happy about that.”
The Nelson golfer said that he is feeling pretty good about where his game is at the moment as well.
“I'm playing well,” Springer said. “I am hitting it really good right now. I think that every tournament I go into I am pretty optimistic and have a good attitude, so I think I have a pretty good shot at contending at the state tournament.”
Springer tied for third at the state tournament last season and said that winning a medal for the school again this season would mean a lot to him.
“It would be awesome,” Springer said. “It would be awesome to bring home a medal for the boys team, and hopefully, I can do it this year.”