The Grapevine golf program is looking to pick up right where it left off last season, and coach Bryan Humprheys said he believes he could have the teams to make another run to the state tournament with a little work.
The Mustangs boys and girls teams were both close last year, each qualifying for state and holding their own in the state tournament.
“We have high hopes for our men’s and women’s golf programs,” Humphreys said. “The last few years have been mixed with a lot of hard work and fun. The women have made it to three straight state tournaments and the men have reached it the last two years. Overall, we lost three seniors to college golf scholarships, so we are looking for quality people to replace them.”
Humphreys said the boys team has struggled a bit in its first two tournaments, but said the talent is there to reach state.
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“They seem to pressing a bit trying to show they belong with the elite in the state,” Humphreys said. “We’ll get back to basics to combat this, and we should be fine come spring at districts and regionals. The guys’ biggest district challenge will be overcoming the battle within themselves. They should qualify for region and will be looking to become the first Grapevine men’s golf team to make it to state three consecutive years.”
Humphreys said he looking for seniors Mitchell Vetter and Nic Bowles, along with sophomores Austin Kelley and Mitchell Bibby, to “lead this team to Austin.”
On the girls side, the defending district and regional champions are off to a strong start and Humphreys said that one player has emerged unexpectedly.
“We’ve placed third and ninth in highly competitive tournaments, and freshman Gabriella Tomanka won her first tourney right out of the gate with a 73-73 at Harbor Lakes Golf Course,” Humphreys said. “Gabriella has been a welcome addition after losing two to college scholarships. Her work ethic, attention to detail and willingness to do her homework before tournaments has helped us tremendously.”
Humpreys said he believes that sophomores Lauren Chasczewski and Anna Takahashi, along with seniors Avery Robertson, Alexia Saenz and Kelsie Siporin “all bring regional and state experience that could make this team one for the ages.”
Tomanka won an individual championship the first tournament of the season and said she feels that this year’s team has a good chance at making a run at another state tournament.
“This is my first year on the team, but I already have tremendous faith in my teammates that we will have a great season,” Tomanka said.
“Last year the team got fourth at state, so I would love to improve on that this year. If we keep up our hard work and practice smart, I know that we will succeed this season. I look forward to competing at state with my team — we know that we have a good chance if we keep up what we are doing.”