CAC GIRLS GOLF | Mustangs have veteran youth
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Central Arkansas Christian’s young girls golf team isn’t playing that way.
The Lady Mustang roster includes freshman Allie Weiner, who plays No. 1; and sophomores Alexa Goodlow (No. 2), Lauren Horton (No. 3), Cheyenne Butler, Sheridan Gaunt and Laurel Woods.
“We have a real good team,” coach Max Weiner said.
The Lady Mustangs finished third behind Class 7A Conway and Bryant in both the Wampus Cat and North Little Rock Invitationals. At Conway they finished ahead of larger schools Mount St. Mary, Cabot and Hot Springs Lakeside; at North Little Rock they again prevailed over some of the same teams.
Since then, they’ve won three consecutive matches, beating such teams as Nashville, Arkansas Baptist, Arkadelphia, Malvern, North Little Rock and Maumelle.
“Almost 90 percent of our matches (since the invitationals) have been against schools that are either (Class) 4A or (Class) 5A, and it’s been a bloodbath,” Max Weiner said. “We’ve had zero competition. We’re rolling when we get to that level.”
Allie Weiner has been carding between 78 and 82 for 18 holes and 37 and 40 for nine. Goodlow is averaging in the low 80s for 18 and 40-42 for nine. That’s down from the high 80s last year when she won the district tournament and made all-state as a freshman.
“She’s playing lights-out golf right now, very solid,” Max Weiner said.
Horton, who has only been playing golf since spring break, is on the verge of breaking 100, the coach said, and is hovering around 50 for nine holes.
In Class 4A competition, teams play four golfers and count the best three scores.
“In high school golf, if I can get a third girl to break 100, nobody in (Class) 4A will beat us,” Max Weiner said.
He said he expected CAC to win the 7-4A District Tournament at Malvern Sept. 25-26 by 15-20 strokes. But the Lady Mustangs will see competition at the Class 4A State Tournament, where Valley View is the defending state champion and will host Oct. 2.