Although junior golfer Maddie Goad did not qualify for a trip to state this year, she improved on her scores in the regional tournament compared to last year and has another year remaining to make a comeback.
Last year she sat in 17th after the first day and bounced all the way back to a win a playoff hole and extend her season as only a sophomore. This year, she returned to Texas A&M Corpus Christi to quite windy conditions but played through them well according to her head coach, Lonnie Goad.
“It was extremely windy both days,” Coach Goad said. “She showed a lot of character to stay disciplined after having a couple of bad breaks happening.”
After a first-round total of 85 strokes, her work was cut out for her in the second day of competition. She responded with a round of 84, including a 40-stroke stretch over her last nine holes that allowed her to claw back near contention but was still four strokes shy of punching her ticket to advance, said her coach.
At the end of the tournament, her two-day total of 169 secured a 12th-overall finish out of 95 golfers and an improvement on her score from last year and possibly an extra bit of motivation to Goad entering her last year as a Tiger.