Girls golf team goes to state for the first time in school history

For the first time since UIL introduced girls golf in 1972, the Lady Eagles golf team made history by becoming the first girls team from Canyon to qualify for the State tournament. The Lady Eagles claimed second place as a team at the  2023 Region 1 tournament at Shadow Hills Golf Course in Lubbock.

I am very excited to make history,” freshman Lauren Robason said. “It is such an honor and I am proud of the team.” 

The Lady Eagles trailed the Lady Mustangs from Andrews on day one 316-329. At the end of day 2 Andrews claimed their 12th consecutive regional title shooting a 617 as a team compared to Canyon’s 651.

 “Our biggest competitor as a team was Andrews” Robason said. “They have really good girls on the team as well as a really good coach.”

Andrews and Seminole will join Canyon at the state tournament. The Lady Eagles said that pulling together as a team was key to helping them succeed.

“We knew we could make it to state all we had to do was preform all together,” junior Gracie Sutton said. “On the first day I struggled, but my teammates performed how they needed to to help us stay in second.”

While the golf teams use the Fall and Spring to prepare for district and post season, the team said they practiced more in the last three weeks to prepare for this week.

“To prepare I knew I had to be calm,” Sutton said. “I knew at some point there would adversity and I would have to stay calm and recover after a bad shot.”

In the golf Regional Tournament Lauren Robason shot the lowest with a 157, followed by junior Chloe Stenberg 163, junior Gracie Sutton 164, senior Hartley Davis 167 and senior Shaylin Shulte shooting a 180. The full results of the 4A Girls Region 1 Tournament are available through Texas Tech’s UIL Athletic Events website. 

The Lady Eagles will continue their journey at the State Tournament May 15-16 at Legends Golf Course in Kingsland, Texas outside of Austin.