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Dragon Pride Spring Sports Review: Girls Golf

Apr 28, 2014 01:32PM ● Published by Dia

Photo Courtesy of Rex Teter.

Season Update

Gold medal finishes and a No. 7 state ranking

With the longevity of coaches Matt Glenn and assistant Jon Youngblood, both the boys and girls teams run like well-oiled machines. Under the leadership of the well-respected duo, the Lady Dragons remain focused on the FACTS (family, accountability, commitment, tenaciousness and success), a philosophy that brought home back-to-back state championships in 2008 and 2009. The team is off to a fast start as they strive to get back atop the state leaderboard. With five seniors on the squad and an impressive No. 7 ranking in the state, there are a lot of expectations on this year’s team. So far, the girls have finished in the top three in a number of tournaments on the season, including the Vanessa Cole Memorial, the Rawls Preview and the Marcus Invitational, where they finished third out of 24 teams. They’ve regularly been in in the mix, also placing fifth in the Byron Nelson Spring Classic. Along the way, the ladies keep getting better — they recently took home the gold at the Regional Preview in Lubbock.

 About the team

A pair of seniors who look to build upon excellent junior years lead the team into the spring 2014 season. Leah Meza and Adriana Morillo have both stepped up their play in recent weeks. Meza currently has the team’s best scoring average at 78.67 and fired her best round of 75 at the Midlothian Spring Cup at Tangle Ridge in late March.  Running mate Morillo isn’t far behind with a scoring average of 80.31. Junior Christina Gilchrest, the younger sister of former boys star Matt Gilchrest, leads the team in 18 hole rounds played (11.5). Some of the younger team members are also turning into fine golfers — sophomore Ellie Youree is turning into a solid number three for the team. At the Regional Previews in early March, she guided the team to a first-place finish with rounds of 78 and 80. Just a freshman, Athisha Piyapanee has shown a competitive charge the team will make use of for years to come. The district tournament begins in early April, and there is little doubt that these girls will be ready.

 Quote:

“It’s all about the FACTS (family, accountability, commitment, tenaciousness and success).”

Head coach: Matt Glenn

Assistant coach: Jon Youngblood

 

Roster:

Adriana Morillo

SR

Alexis Dietrich

FR

Alexis Smith

SR

Allison Alonzo

JR

Athisha Piyapanee

FR

Christina Gilchrest

JR

Ellie Youree

SO

Emily Bock

SR

Gabi Little

SO

Gabriella Kackley

SO

Gabriella Smith

SO

Kaci McAnally

FR

Kristen Allen

FR

Lauren Kirby

FR

 Leah Meza

SR

Meredith Evans

SR

Nina Sun

FR

Simrin Grill

FR

 

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