Swingin’ for State!

As professional golfer Arnold Palmer once said, “Success in golf depends less on strength of body and more on strength of mind and character.” It was such strength of mind and character that led Springlake-Earth to Austin and earned the golfers a spot as state competitors.

The SEHS boys golf team along with junior Taytum Goodman advanced to regionals, giving them the chance to compete for an opportunity to go to state. Coach Sarah Weldon supported her golfers, including senior Alex Alvarez, juniors Slade Beerwinkle, Xavyer Mosqueda, and Braden Bradley, and sophomore Tyler Tanaro, as they advanced from Meadowbrook to Plum Creek Golf Course at the state level.

“I feel like all the hard work was worth the outcome of the event. I would say the greens in Meadowbrook were similar to other courses that I’ve played on,” Mosqueda said.

In order to make it as far as they have, the SE golfers understand that each practice and the days outside of school spent on the course aided their efforts.

“I have learned how to actually play golf now, which one year ago, I didn’t,” Alvarez said. “But it just relates to all the practices I’ve done over the summer and the school year.”

For many on the team, state was the end goal.

“Going to state in golf has been a goal for me and my cousin Alex ever since last season ended,” Mosqueda said.

Coach Weldon will be taking her team to state for the first time since being at Springlake-Earth. It will also be Goodman’s first time attending and competing on the state level.

“Regional golf was really good. I met a lot of people and had fun. I placed third overall, and  I’m going to state,” said Taytum Goodman.

Taytum placing 3rd individual.

Coach Weldon is proud of every member on the team as all their hard work payed off. Throughout this year, she has learned many new things about golf.

“This is my first sport to actually be called the coach and take a team to a state meet,” Weldon said. “I’m really excited to get to go. I can’t wait to be in a atmosphere and to watch our kids succeed in something they worked very hard for.”