NORTH EAST GOLF TOURNAMENT – “SWING FOR THE CURE”
Have you ever seen a golf tournament in which the flag sticks, flags, and tee markers were pink? This past weekend the North East Girls’ Golf Tournament named the “Swing for the Cure” took place at Brackenridge Golf Course amid a mass of pink. There were 16 of the top girls’ golf programs in the state participating in the event. State individual and team champions were present and the competition was top flight to say the least. Time after time there would be four balls on the green on any given hole and chances are one or two of the balls would be inside of ten feet from the hole.
My purpose, however, in writing this article is not just to tell you about golf. The title of the tournament says it all. Each participating team pooled their efforts to raise at least $250 and that money was donated to breast cancer research. The golfers gathered at 6:00 AM on Friday morning and about seven o’clock there was an opening ceremony. North East coaches laid down the rules for the tournament and then coaches Randy Spivey of Churchill and Brent McCuiston of Reagan put it all in perspective as they encouraged each person gathered in a circle to remember someone in their family who may have contracted the dreaded cancer disease. It was a moving moment as mothers stood by their daughters and each person there locked arms in a moment of silence to remember and to dedicate their efforts to something bigger than a sport.
And then some of the top female golfers in the state began the first eighteen holes of play. They finished about 12:30 and took a short break prior to returning to the golf course for the second eighteen holes of the day. The tournament concluded on Saturday with 18 more holes of golf. The golf course was in great shape and as I watched four top golfers tee off on number one and send the ball high and deep down the middle of the fairway and then turned to see four more golfers all hit the green on number eighteen I knew we were in for a great day of golf.
The final results of the tournament after fifty-four holes of play in this outstanding field of golf teams found Allen High School in first place, Lake Travis second, Westlake third, and our own Johnson in fourth. Reagan came in seventh, MacArthur was ninth, and Churchill eleventh. In the individual scores Kristin Gillman of Lake Travis shot 194, Maddie Szeryk of Allen came in at 199, Jordy LaBarbera of Allen was at 204, Taylor Coleman of Johnson shot a 216, and Kristen Glesne of Reagan finished with a 219. All teams and individuals should be proud of their results and especially proud of the contribution they made on behalf of cancer in women.
The North East golf coaches are to be commended for their efforts in putting together the “Swing for the Cure” golf tournament. The female golfers from each of our high schools represented themselves and their school in an excellent manner. Two things happened at the NEISD “Swing for the Cure” golf tournament. First the golf was outstanding and second was that these girls will leave knowing they supported a great cause. Congratulations to a great group of coaches and young ladies who made all of North East proud this past weekend at the “Swing for the Cure” golf tournament.