Sandiettes win state championship

Grapeland's Sandiettes are making a name for themselves in 2A UIL golf. This week they repeated as State Champs and set a record for the lowest Girls 2A score ever.

FROM LEFT: Athletic Director Wayne Mahaffey, Cheney Boyd, Mary Jane Watson, Tori Woodford, Head Coach Cannon Earp, Hannah Chipman, and Carly Parker.

The Grapeland High School golf team is building a legacy. This week the Sandiettes successfully defended their 2018 2A title with an impressive win at the Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin. The Sandies boys' team will be attempting to three-peat next Monday and Tuesday in their State tournament.

The girls' team, consisting of Cheney Boyd, Mary J. Watson, Hannah Chipman, Carly Parker and Tori Woodford, combined for a 334 on Monday, May 13, and came back with an even lower 315 on Day Two. Their total, 649, bested second-place Martin's Mill by 20 strokes, and third place Normangee by a whopping 82 strokes.

Consistency was the name of their game, as the Sandiettes landed four golfers among the Top Ten individuals. Boyd shot a blistering 75 on Day Two and was 5th overall with a two-day total of 154. Watson, Chipman and Parker all came in at 165.

Coach Cannon Earp boasted of his team, "I couldn't be more proud of our girls. We knew coming in that we would have a shot, but the way they played — winning by 20 shots and also breaking the record for lowest Girls 2A score ever — it was a pretty special week."

Earp went on to say, "This was our girls' second title in a row. To go along with the boys' titles the last two years, our golf teams have won four of the seven state titles in school history — and all in the last two years."