Pugh earns regional berth

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Journee Pugh knew that Monday’s final round of the District 5-4A golf tournament would also be her last competitive round at Sweetwater Country Club. But after shooting 85 for a 248 total, her high school career will last at least one more tournament.
“I was thinking about it being my last time at this course, so I wanted to play well,” said Pugh, a senior who qualified as a medalist for the Region I-4A girls tournament April 25-26 at Lubbock’s Shadow Hills Golf Course.
It will be Pugh’s first time to compete at regionals, though she did go two years ago as an alternate when the Sweetwater girls team qualified.
“It’s really awesome,” said Pugh, who was fifth among medalists. The top two teams and top two players not on one of the top two teams at the district tournament advance to regionals.
Playing at a familiar venue helped Pugh handily beat out her nearest competitor by 16 shots. Abbey Bryan of Big Spring (218) earned the other regional medalist berth.
Pugh shot a career-best 78 in the first round at Big Spring Country Club and followed it up by shooting 85 each of her last two rounds. She placed eighth at district a year ago as a junior when the final round was at Brownwood.
“Last year I was super nervous,” Pugh said about that experience. “And I got mad at myself too easily. This year it was nice to go to something familiar (by playing the last round at Sweetwater Country Club).”
Unfortunately, Pugh’s teammates won’t be joining her as Sweetwater finished in fourth place in the team standings after shooting 380 for a 1,106 total Wylie (971) and Snyder (1,036) earned the two regional spots and Big Spring (1,083) was third.
Pugh also earned all-district honors for the second straight year by finishing among the top 10 district medalists. Also playing for Sweetwater were Jaelynn Page (99-278), who placed 13th to earn all-district honorable mention, as well as Miranda Sloan (99-292), Alexis Heiskell (97-295) and Julia Rees (107-301). Sweetwater’s No. 2 team shot 400-1,218 to place sixth and consisted of Avery Allen (100-297), Rachael Sparks (97-304), Katelyn Guzman (102-312) and Samantha Torres (101-314).
Maddi Olson of Wylie shot a three-round 206 total to win district medalist honors, beating out Big Spring's Bryan by 12 strokes.