The Legacy boys golf team is coming off of a phenomenal season in which it won a district championship, finished second at the regional competition and advanced to state, where it finished eighth overall among Class 4A schools.
Coach Christopher Word said he is extremely satisfied with the season as a whole and said he could really not have asked for more effort on the part of his team.
“We got better all year,” Word said. “We finished ranked sixth or seventh, according to HighSchoolGolfScoreboard.com. We are an older bunch this year. We ended up playing three seniors and two juniors at the state tournament.
“We were five shots out of third on Day 1 at the state tournament. We really thought we might be able to grab third place, but I think maybe the pressure got to us, being our first time down there, but we gained great experience, and overall, just being at the event was a great privilege.”
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Word said that his team definitely exceeded expectations for the season as a whole.
“We met the goals we set out to accomplish, which was to get down there [the state tournament],” Word said. “It's going to take a great two days for any team to win it. So when you get there, you feel like there is really nobody there that doesn't have a chance. Everybody got there because they were good at some point during the year. We feel like it has been a progression for us.
“We've won district the past two years in a row. We gained some much-needed experience at regionals last year, and this year at regionals, we ended up finishing just a few strokes back of Highland Park, which told us that we could really play with anybody.”
Word said that he hopes his players take away a couple of things from this season.
“Above anything else, on the bottom of their bags they placed a sticker that says ‘return with honor,’” Word said. “It doesn't say ‘play like a champion,’ or ‘win or go home,’ it says to return with honor. I hope this season has taught them everything about character and integrity and honesty and hard work.
“When you do those things, there is a payoff in the end, and that payoff is that you are celebrated for the effort you've put in, as much as it is (for) where you finish.”
Word said that things are setting up pretty well for next season as well.
“The group I have back next year, if I just take my returners from regionals, because we had two teams there, just my returners from regionals shot 299 as a group on Day 2,” Word said. “So the potential for that returning squad is through the roof. Highland Park will move up to 6A, but Lufkin moves in, and they will be a player. But I believe we've got a good chance to return to Austin next year.”