Central Arkansas Christian’s Lady Mustangs demolished the field last week in the 7-4A District Golf Tournament at Nashville Country Club to qualify for this week’s Class 4A State Tournament.
It was the first team golf title for the Lady Mustangs in school history.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our girls,” coach Max Weiner said. “We were the favorites coming into district, and they didn’t disappoint. I told them afterwards they just made history.”
At the district tournament, CAC shot a team score of 280, 25 strokes better than Arkansas Baptist’s 305. Malvern was third with 307; followed by Nashville, 334; and Arkadelphia, 382.
In Class 4A competition, teams play four golfers and count the best three scores.
Taylor Reed of Arkansas Baptist earned medalist honors with 79. CAC freshman Allie Weiner finished runner-up with 85. Nicole English of Malvern was third with 92, followed by sophomore Alexa Goodlow of CAC, 93 and Lauren Zegler of Ashdown, 95. CAC sophomores Cheyenne Butler and Lauren Horton finished ninth and 10th with 102 and 104, respectively.
“Allie and Alexa had a really difficult time with the greens in Nashville,” Max Weiner said. “They are used to playing on greens much faster and smoother, so they were a little frustrated with their score, but I told them not to worry about it. The most important thing is that the team won and we’re headed to state.”
The Lady Mustangs were expected to contend for the state title at Thunder Bayou in Blytheville on Wednesday. Valley View, the defending state champion, was the early favorite.
“To beat Valley View, we will need to play much better,” the coach said. “Their top player will probably be in the 70s, and their No. 2 won’t be far behind. If Allie and Alexa are on their game, and as far as Lauren and Cheyenne have come, we hope we’ll be right there in the mix.”