For the second year in a row the Comfort Lady Deer Golfers played in the State AAA golf tournament at Grey Rock Golf Club in south Austin last week. The Deer brought home a silver medal in 2015 but graduated two in May. This year the Deer took a different journey to the state tournament. The 3 returners were senior Maddie Maltsberger, junior Loren Nevers, and sophomore Alex Ely. The Comfort ladies were very lucky to add a move-in Bailey Dulas, and a hometown newcomer in Delaney Petermann. It takes four scores each day to win a golf tournament and that is exactly what the Deer did by winning district 25AAA and the Region IV tournaments.
Wednesday April 27th was the first day of the two-day tournament. The ladies were supposed to tee off around noon but heavy rains the night before delayed the starting times which set up the day for a snail’s pace. Seven slow hours later the Comfort Ladies turned in a 420 for the day with a low score of 87 posted by Loren Nevers. Loren had finished 10th overall in 2015 but she was only 4 strokes behind Holly Sparks of Sonora after day-one for the overall lead. Maddie scored at 98, Alex 110, Delaney 125, and Bailey 128. The extremely slow pace frustrated the ladies who rarely were able to walk up to any shot and not have to wait.
For the 3rd year in a row the ladies of Sonora took a lead after the first day but this year no one was on their heels like in 2015 when the Deer were only 5 strokes back. Day-two tee times were switched to the afternoon to allow the boys to get on the course first. The pace was better on day two but the scores were very close to the same. The Deer posted a 419 for the day, Nevers 89, Maltsberger 97, Ely 113, Petermann 120, and Dulas 127. The ladies finished 9th overall but had several awesome moments on day two. Delaney had a very near hole in one on a par 3 over the water on #13. Her tee shot was a low line drive that rolled straight for a good 20 yards and hit the left lip of the cup and rolled out a couple feet to the right. Senior Maddie Maltsberger had a tough first nine holes and made the turn with a 55 but found her rhythm and finished out her last nine holes of competitive high school golf with an awesome 42. Loren Nevers would finish with the 5th lowest score of the tournament a combined 176. She was only 4 strokes away from a bronze medal. The tournament was won by newcomer Lyndy Laurell of Rockdale, and last year’s winner Darby Ramsdell sunk a long putt on her last hole of the tournament to take the individual silver medal. The Lady Broncos of Sonora won the AAA state tourney for the 3rd year in a row in convincing fashion.
“I am extremely proud of each our girls. Each of them are very involved in our school. They are great students and they represented this community with grace and class at the state level for the past two years. I fully expect Loren to compete next year for an individual medal and I am honored to have had the pleasure of watching each of them compete this year.”