HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Forestburg’s Phipps heads to state

By ERIC VICCARO
sports@bowienewsonline.com

For the first time in school history, a Forestburg girl has qualified to participate in the state golf tournament.

Forestburg’s Hope Phipps carded a two-day 226 at Squaw Valley on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Phipps was 10 strokes better on the second day, with a total of 108.

“Her putting was spectacular,” said coach Cori Hayes, who was especially proud of Phipps’ second-round – which vaulted her to a qualifying spot.

“She made two 20-foot putts,” Hayes added. “The green were fast. They dried up quick with the heat on Thursday.”

Hayes said Phipps’ qualifying for state is a big deal, and may force the schedule to change.

The Glen Rose-based Squaw Valley is like playing two different courses in one, with the links style front and the back nine featuring many more trees and narrower fairways – more like Turtle Hill in Muenster.

Phipps will compete at the state meet April 15-16 at Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin. Read more, and see complete regional tournament scores, in the April 29 Bowie News.

Forestburg’s Hope Phipps became the first golfer, male or female, in school history to qualify for the state tournament. (Courtesy photo from Forestburg Independent School District, used with permission)