Reagan girls golf wins first state championship -

Reagan girls golf wins first state championship

GEORGETOWN — Reagan’s girls put their together their two best rounds at the perfect time, and it led to the program’s first UIL state championship Tuesday.

The Rattlers fired a two-round 8-over 584 to win the Class 6A state team championship at Legacy Hills Golf Club, outpacing second-place Austin Vandegrift by 11 shots.

Reagan sophomore Marissa Loya tied for third place individually with a 1-over 145.

Reagan led by four shots heading into the second day before carding 290 (2-over) on Tuesday. The Rattlers’ No. 5 golfer, Victoria Patterson, shot even par and No. 3 Danielle Bailey, a sophomore, had a 69 on Tuesday.

After slogging their way to state, Reagan coach Russell Aki was happy how his young team crafted two solid rounds.

“We came in with a lot of good feelings about what we could do,” Aki said. “The way we came out here and had two good days, I wouldn’t say it was shocking, but a little surprising because of where we’ve been the last two weeks.”

Reagan qualified for state as the Region IV-6A runner-up after finishing 17 shots behind Vandegrift.

“We fought blood, sweat and tears through everything,” said Patterson, the team’s lone senior. “We practiced day-in and day-out, and to come out with a state championship is almost like everything we could have ever dreamed of.”

The Rattlers are the fifth San Antonio school to win a state title and the first since Alamo Heights won the 5A championship last year. Churchill has five titles, while Roosevelt and East Central each have one.

As a testament to Reagan’s depth, Camille Pazouki, a junior and the team’s No. 4 golfer, finished in a tie for third at regionals, while Loya didn’t finish in the top 10.

“We have a really good team dynamic, and we like to keep each other accountable,” Loya said. “All of us can be No. 1, all of us can be No. 5. We build each other up in those times when we don’t play well. … We just don’t have two people carrying the team. All of us and everyone is involved.”

Freshman Lydia Portlock found herself in the lead group after carding a 70 on Monday to tie for the first-round lead. She also didn’t finish in the top 10 at regionals.

“It was a bit of a surprise, but I just tried to keep my head down and play my game,” Portlock said. “I knew I was in it, but I needed to focus on what I was doing best for the team. … We’ve been saying all year (that) any of us can be (No.) 1 or any of can be five. Our lineups have switched a little bit, but it’s been the same people one through five.”

Portlock shot 76 on Tuesday for a 146 to finish tied for fifth.

Bailey’s 69 put her at 148 to tie for 12th. Patterson’s even par Tuesday left her at 151 and in a tie for 16th.

“I like to think we are the most talented, but the kids, when it gets a little tough, we call them the dogs, and dogs come out and they are going to be fighters,” Aki said. “I think some people looked past us talent-wise, but when it gets into the thick of things and in a little bit of a dogfight, that’s what we want.”

Patterson was particularly happy with how her younger teammates handled the second-round pressure and extended their lead.

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