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UIL girls golf: Martin’s Trinity King wins 6A state title; Grapevine rallies to 3-peat

KING MAKES HISTORY

Making the trip to the state tourney for the fourth time, Arlington Martin senior Trinity King capped off her illustrious high school career with the Class 6A state championship on Tuesday at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown.

King finished with a two-round total 5-under (139) and becomes the first male or female golfer to win state in program history.

“Winning this tourney to close out the season undefeated in my senior year means the world,” King said. “Martin golf has taught me so much on how to be a good player and better teammate. I’m thankful for my coaches and all the people that supported me at Martin, and I’m honored to make history.”

King shot a bogey-free round on Tuesday with three birdies, including birdies on the final two holes.

She held a two-shot lead entering the clubhouse, but had to wait for Houston Memorial’s Zoe Slaughter to finish.

“I wasn’t really thinking about the leaderboard when I was on the course,” King said. “But when I was done, someone had told me I was in the lead and I had no idea. Being the clubhouse leader was nerve racking and my stomach was in knots. I noticed I was up two shots with a few holes left so I went to the putting green to practice in case of a playoff and to really get my mind off it. I watched the last group come in and when I heard they shot a 3-under I told my mom I had won and she started crying. We were both so excited.”

King shot a 2-under on Monday with three birdies and one bogey. She was two strokes back of Carroll’s Michelle Zhou.

“I was really proud and happy of my position after Monday. My 2-under was my lowest round ever at state so entering today I just wanted to set another personal record,” said King, who finished seventh in 2018. “I knew from the start of Round 2 I had to have a good round in order to get my first state medal only because I was competing with the top golfers. I had to save par whenever I could and make birdies when the opportunity came.”

King, who will golf at TCU, finishes her Martin career as a 4-time district champ and won the regional meet this season for the first time. She looks to defend her title at the Fort Worth City Girls Championship in July, which she’s won three of the past four years.

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Arlington Martin senior Trinity King won the 6A state title, Tuesday May 14, 2019.

GRAPEVINE 3-PEATS

Don’t call it a dynasty.

The Mustangs rallied from four strokes down with two holes to play to beat Frisco Lebanon Trail and capture their third straight UIL girls golf state title on Tuesday at White Wing Golf Club in Georgetown.

The team of Gabriella Tomanka, Anna Takahashi, Audrey Jackson, Jillian Corey and Abby Tanner finished with a score of 622 while Lebanon Trail recorded a 626. Magnolia (631) took home the bronze.

“Tuesday was absolutely bananas. We thought we were going to finish second then all of a sudden we went from four down to winning by four, it was an amazing feeling,” said coach Bryan Humphreys, who is in his 19th year with the program. “Everyone was outstanding. I’m so proud of the girls and all the support behind us. It was something out of a movie.”

Trailing by four strokes after 16, Tomanka, a junior committed to Clemson, birdied 17 while watching Lebanon Trail record a quadruple bogey to bring the teams even.

Jackson, a freshman, was the third Mustang to finish the course. She recorded a par on 18. Tomanka birdied on 18 and Takahashi, who will golf at Sam Houston State, tapped in for par to finish the round.

Tomanka, who played in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Open last summer, led the Mustangs with a silver medal. She shot a 144, one back of state champ Maddi Olson from Abilene Wylie. Takahashi finished in fifth place with a 147.

Takahashi was the co-leader with a 72 after the first round. Tomanka shot a 73.

“When Audrey putted on 18, it sent a loud roar through the crowd and it pumped Gabby and Anna to finish strong. When Anna tapped in, we knew it was a done deal,” Humphreys said. “Every year is different; we won the past two years by a large margin, but the ability to come from behind was incredible and I’m just glad we could bring back the title to this town.”

RANCHVIEW GOLFER SETS RECORD

Class 4A champion Bohyun Park from Carrollton Ranchview defended her title while breaking her own UIL state golf records with the lowest first round score on Monday (9-under), lowest second round score (7-under) and lowest final score (16-under).

CLASS 6A

Legacy Hills Golf Club, Georgetown

Team Standings

1. Austin Westlake 577

2. Plano West 597

3. Southlake Carroll 602

Individual Standings

1. Trinity King, Arlington Martin 139

2. Zoe Slaughter, Houston Memorial 141

T3. Sadie Englemann, Austin Westlake 141

T3. Jennie Park, Hebron 141

CLASS 5A

White Wing Golf Club, Georgetown

Team Standings

1. Grapevine 622

2. Frisco Lebanon Trail 626

3. Magnolia 631

Individual Standings

1. Maddi Olson, Abilene Wylie 143

T2. Gabriella Tomanka, Grapevine 144

T2. Madison Phung, Frisco Lebanon Trail 144

CLASS 4A

Plum Creek Golf Course, Kyle

Team Standings

1. Andrews 649

2. Lampasas 678

3. Midlothian Heritage 683

Individual Standings

1. Bohyn Park, Ranchview 126

2. Tristan Gabbard, Lamar Fulshear 150

3. Ozlyan Juarez, Monahans 151

CLASS 3A

Grey Rock Golf Course, Austin

Team Standings

1. McGregor 692

2. Lago Vista 726

3. Callisburg 741

Individual Standings

1. Mason Garrett, Mount Pleasant 151

2. Paige Gilstrap, McGregor 157

T3. Ida Hansen, Omaha Pewitt 160

T3. Maggie Parmer, McGregor 160

CLASS 2A

Roy Kizer Golf Course, Austin

Team Standings

1. Grapeland 649

2. Martin’s Mill 669

3. Normangee 731

Individual Standings

1. Mia Nixon, Martin’s Mill 142

2. Katelin Berry, Stratford 147

T3. Maddie Barrinton, Olney 153

T3. Kenley Nixon, Martin’s Mill 153

CLASS 1A

Lions Municipal Golf Course, Austin

Team Standings

1. Robert Lee 796

2. Clyde Eula 816

3. Lenorah Grady 836

Individual Standings

1. Hannah Nimmo, Greenville Phoenix Charter School 158

T2. Sierra Jameson, Matador Motley County 165

T2. Kami Woodman, Channing 165

FULL RESULTS

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.
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