One Godley Lady Cat is making history at Godley High School.
Senior golfer Dallas Young is the first from Godley to ever qualify for the state meet after this week’s second-place finish at the regional meet in Stephenville.
Young shot a two-day total of 182 (a 91 on each day) to claim the silver medal at regionals. She also won second place at the District 10-2A meet with a two-day total of 186 (96 the first day, 90 the second).
Last year, Young finished second at the district meet but placed 17th at regionals.
The three-sport varsity athlete said she doesn’t have a whole lot of time to practice aside from the daily nine holes she shoots with her dad, Alan, after school.
“This year, I practiced a lot more,” she said. “I made sure I went out and hit some balls each day. My dad and I would always shoot nine holes.”
Godley Head Golf Coach Craig Darder said Young’s mental toughness has been key to her 15-place improvement from 2011 to 2012.
“She’s concentrating more,” he said. “I think she’s just now realizing how good she can be. We’re preparing for the state tournament like it’s any other tournament.”
The state tournament is a two-day meet which is to be held at Roy Kizer Municipal Golf Course in Austin on May 3-4.
Young, who qualified for regionals the last three years, said she’s nervous and excited to be the first to represent Godley at the course.
Young is also looking to major in nursing after her senior year and said, while she has not received any offers from any schools yet, she can envision herself playing golf at the collegiate level.
“I talked to the coaches from UT-Tyler and Mary Hardin Baylor the other day,” Darder said. “Right now we’re just focusing on getting ready for state.
“The thing about golf is she can only control what she does on the course. Everything else will fall where it falls.”
In other regional golf news, Joshua's Dillon Vaughn finished fifth with a two-day total of 149 while Cleburne's Philip Vasquez shot a two-day total of 171 to finish in 47th place.