Trinity teams excited to be back at state tournament -

Trinity teams excited to be back at state tournament

The Trinity golf program has built a great tradition in recent years and they hope to add some hardware when its boys and girls teams compete in the TAPPS 3A State Tournament at Waco’s Cottonwood Creek Golf Course beginning on Monday.

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams qualified for state after each placed third at the TAPPS 3A North Region Tournament last week in Glen Rose.

The boys’ team has a couple of returning players from a squad that finished runner-up in last year’s state tournament, while the girls are led by senior and Lubbock Christian University signee Ali Escamilla, who hopes not only to contend for another medalist title but also help her team contend for a fifth consecutive state title.

“I feel really good about our teams at state,” Trinity coach Kodi Dixon said. “We’ve got three brand new golfers on the girls’ side and they have played so well and absorbed a lot about the game this past year. I’m so excited they made it this far. I knew Ali would make it and I had hoped the girls would as a whole, and they shot lights out at regionals.

“The boys are so strong. They have great depth and I’m so excited for the boys. We had 15 boys come out for the team and the best five are in the tournament. They have been playing great the past few weeks.”

It should be no surprise that Escamilla has been playing strong as well. She has been a model of consistency and has been a key member of the girls’ program in her four years at the school. She was the state medalist champion as a freshman and last year was the state runner-up. She along with Tyler All Saints’ Sidney Robertson, the defending state champion, should be among the top contenders for medalist honors next week.

“She has had a great season,” said Dixon of Escamilla. “She committed early to Lubbock Christian and she was able to go out and have so much fun, and has performed so well. I have very high hopes for her.”

Dixon added that Escamilla’s leadership this year has been invaluable.

“She is a leader on the team in all aspects,” she said. “She’s been so encouraging to the other girls and has a moxie on the team that will definitely be missed when she leaves next year.”

Escamilla and junior Alina Lujan are the only returning players from last year’s state title team. They are joined by newcomers Hadley Whylaw, a junior, and freshmen Lily McHale and Madison Brooks.

The boys’ team should be in contention as well as they will be led by sophomore Andrew Williams and junior Ansh Patel, who helped the Chargers earn silver in last year’s state tournament. They will be joined by senior Colin Fisher, who is new to the program this year, and sophomores Adam Garcia and Brock McNeel. 

“I think they will definitely place, those are my expectations,” said Dixon of the boys. “They certainly have the capability. I think they’re playing at their peak and have high expectations heading into the state tournament.”

Dallas Covenant and Dallas Shelton, both of which finished ahead of Trinity at regionals, should be among the contenders but Dixon said her team has a chance to close the gap and maybe overtake those teams if it plays well.

“They do their best when standards are raised and they’ve got to rise to the occasion next week,” Dixon said.

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