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The golf team traveled to Zachary to compete in the Regional Championships on April 23 in hopes of qualifying for state by finishing in the top four. The Cardinals compete in Division II Region II, which boasts the top teams in the state. Going into the tournament, they knew that it was going to be a very competitive round of golf against the best schools in the state.
The day started off with warming up on the driving range for 6:45 a.m. with tee times starting an hour later. Cassidy Lambert ’21 was the first to go off for the Cardinals. The putting greens were just sodded, so it made the putts difficult to read and roll. Lambert started off hot and was at 4 under after the front nine. She found a little trouble off the tee, which left her a tough approach shot onto the green. She carded a double bogey, and just like that she was only two strokes ahead of her opponent. Lambert settled down, got her swing back, and was able to make some great shots to pull ahead of her opponent by four shots. Lambert shot an overall score of 2 under par 70, which placed her second overall.
Grace Jin ’22 was second to go off the box for the Cardinals. She struggled on holes three and four, and at one point, she was three shots back from her opponent. Jin grinded it out and played some of the best golf all year on the back nine and shot 1 under. Her final score was a 74, which placed her third overall.
Ava McGoey ’24, playing in her first regional tournament as a varsity golf member, was the last Cardinal to tee off. Fighting the heat, nerves, and gnats, this seventh grader proved she can play at the next level. McGoey hit fairways and greens in regulation and played some solid golf. She carded a very impressive score of an 81. This young athlete beat everyone in her group.
After all of the Cardinals finished their play and turned in their official scorecards, the Cardinals were in the lead. At the end of the day, Sacred Heart was crowned regional champs for the second year in a row. They shot an overall team score of 144, which placed them first against every school in every division. The team earned a spot in the state tournament, where he competition will be very tough. The top three teams from regionals were all within five shots of each other.