Goad wins state preview

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After making state as a sophomore, and narrowly missing another trip last year, Sealy senior Maddie Goad is gearing up for another run at the best of the best in Class 4A and got an early look at the golf course that will host the state tournament again.

Goad traveled to Kyle to take on Plum Creek Golf Course in a state preview tournament on Feb. 14 and 15 and battled through some tough weather.

“Cold, windy conditions both days,” said head coach Lonnie Goad. “Friday was delayed for two hours due to frost, we had to let the ground thaw out.”

Still, Goad provided a first-day score of 80 which catapulted her atop the standings with another round to play. She bettered her marks and finished the second round with a 76, good enough for a 31-stroke margin over Llano’s Leyah Wilson.

Sealy’s top golfer paced the Lady Tigers with a third-place individual finish to help the team take third overall from the district championships last year, missing out on advancing the whole team to regionals by eight strokes.

Goad qualified for regionals individually and placed 12th at Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a two-day total of 169, coming just four strokes shy of making a second straight trip to state.

She, and the rest of her Sealy teammates, returned to the course earlier this week for a Tuesday match at Columbus Golf Club. Their next competition will come at Weston Lakes Country Club in Fulshear next Wednesday.

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