The Sealy girls’ golf team started their season on a positive note, finishing with the individual champion and a second-place finish in the team competition from the Sealy Invitational which was played on The Club at Falcon Point in Katy.
“It’s a great start to the girls’ season,” said head coach Lonnie Goad. “Second place against some perennially quality teams at a very difficult course; probably the hardest course they will play all year. All the girls should be proud and looking forward to the rest of the season. It was a very windy day that also made the conditions tough.”
Still, the wind was no match for Sealy’s superstar, senior Maddie Goad, who picked up right where she left off last year. Goad was the Lady Tigers’ top shooter last year and eventually finished 12th at regionals, just missing another trip to state.
This year, she grabbed the individual championship by a 17-stroke margin to open her final campaign on a positive note. Her score of 80 was more than good enough for the top spot ahead of Caldwell’s Rachel Novosad (97) and Needville’s Bailey Vazquez (99).
“It is really hard to win any golf tournament, much less win by 17 strokes so obviously, Maddie had a great tournament,” coach Goad said. “This should give her a lot of confidence moving forward with this season.”
What also helped build some confidence in the season-opening tournament was a career performance from Sloan Strickland, who finished tied for 11th overall with a score of 110.
“Sloan had her best finish in her high school golf career,” Goad said. “It's nice to see someone who has participated for all four years start to have success.”
The other returners also saw some successes with Lindsey Dziadek finishing tied for 27th place with a score of 120 while both Emily Luther and Rayne Wallace tied for 34th with a score of 124.
“Lindsey, Emily, and Rayne seem to have improved their course management since last year which will really help the team throughout the season,” the coach added.
In addition, this year’s roster includes a couple of newbies in Karrigan Berry and Summer Burleson who finished back to back in 43rd and 44th with scores of 125 and 126, respectively.
“The two newcomers, Summer and Karrigan, played well in their first golf tournament,” Goad said. “We are so glad to have them involved.”
In the team competition, the Lady Tigers finished just eight strokes behind the rival Bellville Brahmanettes for the top spot. Bellville had individual finishers take fifth (Cassie Moses), seventh (Grace Mudra), eighth (Brynn Benoit) and ninth (Allie Barnett) as well as 13th overall (Callie Fishbeck).
The Sealy girls hit the course earlier this week already for the next action of the season, this time at Copperas Hollow in Caldwell on Tuesday.