WACO — All Saints sophomore Kelcee Harwood was, by her own admission, struggling.
Then after one hole, everything changed.
Harwood eagled the par-5 seventh and shot even par the rest of the day to tie for sixth and earn all-state at the TAPPS 4A state golf tournament at Twin Rivers Golf Course on Tuesday.
Her All Saints teammate, freshman Andrew Bloch, also earned all-state, tying for seventh in the boys tournament. However, Bishop Gorman’s Nick Meads tied for 13th and missed a second-straight all-state finish by three strokes.
The Grace Community girls team finished sixth, equaling its Day 1 total with a second 422 and a two-day 844.
Midland Christian (359-339—698) won the girls title while Fort Worth Southwest (333-322—655) took the boys championship, with both schools also producing the individual champions.
Christian Curnutte (81-73—154) of Midland Christian came from behind with a day low 73 to win the girls tournament by four strokes. Southwest’s Andrew Hudson (77-76—153) won the boys tournament by three strokes.
Harwood, who never played competitive golf until this year, hit a hybrid 4-iron to the green and then sank a 20-foot putt for the eagle that turned around her day.
“I drive it and I get up on the fringe, putted in for that eagle and I was freaking out,” Harwood said. “It was a great hole.
“It got me into a really good mindset and I did really well from there.”
Harwood finished the day with a round of 86 for a two-day total of 179.
Bloch fired an 84 on a day when many golfers saw their Day 1 scores inflate due to fast winds and greens. His two-round score of 163 was 10 strokes off the pace. Bloch said he was pleased with how he performed at his first state competition, but knows he could’ve done better.
“Next year I think I have a chance of coming out here and winning,” Bloch said.
Meads was in the same group as Bloch but finished four strokes behind him and six places back. He shot 80-87—167 and was hindered by a quadruple bogey and three triple bogeys.
Ellen Dixon, like Meads, was unable to follow up on last year’s all-state finish. She led the Lady Cougars with a 97-96—193 to take 17th.
The next three Grace golfers finished all in a row from 30th-32nd: Kelsey Wheeler (102-107—209), Mitali Ghuge (107-110—217) and Natalie Mills (118-109—227). Mills’ round was her best of the year. Lady Cougar Rachel Balser tied for 35th at 116-117—233.
“I was proud of them; they were very consistent,” Grace coach Libby Dixon said. “With having a young team, I was proud of them making the state tournament. I thought they did great for as young a team as they are.”
Also, Grace’s Bradley Costiloe improved his first-round score by 10 strokes to finish in a tie for 30th at 92-82—174.
2012 TAPPS 4A State Golf Tournament
At Twin Rivers Golf Course, Waco
Team Scores — 1, Midland Christian, 359-339—698; 2, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word, 354-359—713; 3, Houston Westbury Christian, 390-379—769; 4, Dallas Parish Episcopal, 386-393—779; 5, Lubbock Trinity Christian, 422-398—820; 6, Grace Community, 422-422—844; 7, Houston Second Baptist, 438-451—889; Houston Lutheran South, 439-452—891.
Individuals — 1, Christian Curnutte, Midland Christian, 81-73—154; 2, (tie) Jaime Bibby, Incarnate Word, 80-78—158; Shanae Ammons, Lubbock Trinity, 83-75—158; 4, Sarah Rosenburg, Parish Episcopal, 86-82—168; 5, Loren Cheatham, Midland Christian, 90-87—177; 6, (tie) Kelcee Harwood, All Saints, 93-86—179; Madison Warpula, Midland Christian, 91-88—179; 8, Lauren Saenz, Incarnate Word, 91-89—180; 9, Katherine Dyo, Parish Episcopal, 94-88—182; 10, Audrey Redd, Westbury Christian, 92-93—185. Also: 17, Ellen Dixon, Grace, 97-96—193; 30, Kelsey Wheeler, Grace, 102-107—209; 31, Mitali Ghuge, Grace, 107-110—217; 32, Natalie Mills, Grace, 118-109—227; 35 (tie) Rachel Balser, Grace, 116-117—233.
Team Scores — 1, Fort Worth Southwest, 333-322—655; 2, Houston Second Baptist, 328-336—664; 3, Midland Christian, 336-334—670; 4, Fort Worth Christian, 339-339—678; 5, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word, 340-339—679; 6, Tomball Concordia Lutheran, 339-341—680; 7, Dallas Parish Episcopal, 344-337—681; 8, Katy Pope John XXIII, 355-341—696.
Individuals — 1, Andrew Hudson, Southwest, 77-76—153; 2, (tie) Grant Griffin, Southwest, 77-79—156; Mark Schroeder, Concordia Lutheran, 77-79—156; 4, William Wallace, Incarnate Word, 77-80—157; 5, Cole Bradfrod, Parish Episcopal, 79-79—158; 6, Andrew Haubenstricker, Parish Episcopal, 83-77—160; 7, (tie) Andrew Bloch, All Saints, 79-84—163; Garrett Gunter, Second Baptist, 79-84—163; Joshua Morgan, Second Baptist, 85-78—163; 10, Scott Benesh, FW Christian, 78-86—164 (won playoff). Also: 13, (tie) Nicholas Meads, Bishop Gorman, 80-87—167; 30, (tie) Bradley Costiloe, Grace, 92-82—174.