Golf gets ready to swing, prepares for District


Julia O'Hanlon

Sophomore Addison English swings her club, practicing for upcoming golf tournaments. “I like how golf is an individual sport, but at the same time you play as a team,” English said. “We play off of each other and it’s good for bonding.”

Lexi Rima, Reporter

Preparing for UIL District, as well as hopefully Regionals, Cedar Park golfers try to keep their focus on the game, not the competition. Led by Coach Williams, sophomore Payton DeMarco has high hopes, but recognizes the challenge of future competitions.

“District is really hard,” DeMarco said. “We’ve been able to play in a Varsity tournament before, and we have some really good players, [but] there’s a lot of pressure.”

The challenge that District presents is felt by all players, including freshman Phillip Schmitz, who Williams named as a stand out player.

“This past fall season wasn’t too great because we came in as fourth place overall,” Schmitz said. “We didn’t play to our standards against Brandy High School and Alamo Heights High School.”

Williams also recognizes the importance of preparing for the upcoming District tournament.

“The boys showed some promise and had a decent fall, [while] the girls did better than expected in a couple of tournaments,” Williams said. “District, [however] will be a big challenge. They have the potential to make it to State, but if they don’t put in the effort, they may not advance past District.”

Despite golf’s challenges, sophomore Addison English sees her team in positive light and looks forward to the future through more practice.

“We’d like to go as a team to State again this year,” English said. “[Golf] is enjoyable; we play off of each other and it’s good for bonding.”

According to the golf members and their coach, there are many expectations for this year.

“[This] program has made it to State the last three years,” Williams said. “My hope for golf is to continue to get better and grow.”