Hays golfer McCurdy finishes in top 5 at state

Hays sophomore Lindsey McCurdy finished tied for fifth at the UIL Class 4A State Golf Tournament held at Austin’s Jimmy Clay Golf Course Monday and Tuesday. She got off to a rough start with a 6-over 78 Monday, but rallied to par her final 13 holes Tuesday, when she carded a 2-over 74. (Photo by Jason Gordon)

by JASON GORDON

Hays High sophomore golfer Lindsey McCurdy has always taken pride in the fact she never quits no matter what the circumstances are.

So when she found herself well back of the leaders within the second round of the two-day Class 4A UIL State Golf Tournament at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin, McCurdy didn’t sulk – she was nearly at her best.

Despite blustery conditions that hindered golfers all tournament long, McCurdy parred the final 13 holes she played on Tuesday to card a 2-over 74.

That was an improvement on her first-round 78 and left the talented Lady Rebel, who came into the tournament ranked the top female golfer in Class 4A, tied for fifth in the event.

“Even though I knew I wasn’t leading I was going to do my best,” McCurdy said. “It felt real good to finish with 13 straight pars.”

McCurdy teed off on the back nine Tuesday and got her lone birdie after an 8-iron landed 30-feet left of the pin on the 133-yard par-3 12th hole. She made the bomb of a putt and that kick-started her impressive round.

“Some of the holes she parred down the stretch Lindsey really had to scramble,” said Hays golf coach Danny Preuss. “She got up and down from tough places several times then made the par putt. We’re very proud of her. I know she wanted to win it, but she’s always going to fight for the best score no matter what.”

McCurdy’s tournament could have been a different story if not for the first-day 78 on Monday, which saw her leave numerous birdie putts on the edge of the cup. On Tuesday, four other putts lipped out in a round that could have easily been under par.

McCurdy’s only birdie on day one came when she chipped on from off the green on the 374-yard par-4 11th hole.

“Lindsey thinks like a winner, and I’m sure there are things she’s thinking about that could have gone differently that would have meant she would have won this week,” Preuss said. “That’s the kind of mindset she has, and that’s what will make her so successful in the future.”

McCurdy has definite plans on returning to the state tournament her junior and senior years.

“It was a great experience,” she said. “Next time I get here I’m going to be a little more relaxed and play my game.”

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