May 9, 2019
Cy-Fair High School senior Grace Ni (white hat) hugs teammate Maddie Krieger following NI’s final shot at the Region III-6A Golf Tournament, held April 23-24 at Eagle Pointe Golf Club in Mont Belvieu. Ni, a two-time regional champion, missed competition as a junior due to injuries but returned as a senior and placed second individually to earn a third trip to the University Interscholastic League Golf State Tournament. The Bobcats placed 10th in the team competition.
May 9, 2019—Cy-Fair High School senior Grace Ni earned her third trip in four years to the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Golf State Tournament after medaling at the Region III-6A Golf Tournament, while golfers from Bridgeland, Cy-Fair, Cypress Lakes, Cypress Ranch, Cypress Woods, Jersey Village and Langham Creek high schools completed their seasons at regional tournaments.
Ni finished with a two-round score of 142 (72-70), placing second overall on the individual leaderboard and earning one of the three medalists spots from the regional competition. She advances to the UIL State Tournament, to be held May 13-14 at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown. Ni also advanced in 2016 and 2017 after winning the regional titles, but missed the competition as a junior due to injuries.
“She is such a smooth golfer with the ability to always remain calm,” said Donna Benotti, Cy-Fair head girls’ golf coach. “Eagle Pointe is legendary with its difficulty. The girls play a couple of holes from the back tees and Grace still manages to par. She is the most talented golfer I have ever seen come out of Cy-Fair and this region. She is such a great leader for her teammates and has been an inspiration to golfers all over the country.”
Ni and her Cy-Fair teammates shot a two-round score of 710 (355-355), finishing 10th in the team competition, held April 23-24 at Eagle Pointe Golf Club in Mont Belvieu. Cy-Fair senior Maddie Krieger (93-87-180) also finished in the top 50 as she tied for 44th.
On the boys’ side, Cy-Fair freshman Thomas Pickrell was CFISD’s top finisher. He posted a 151 (78-73) to finish tied for ninth in the competition, held April 25-26 at Eagle Pointe. Jersey Village junior Max Martinez (85-78-163) tied for 43rd to also place among the top 50 individually.
In Region II-6A, held at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco, the Bridgeland boys’ golf team finished 10th in the team competition, held April 22-23. The Bears posted a two-round score of 636 (327-309) to finish one stroke behind Conroe Oak Ridge.
Cypress Woods (339-325-664) placed 12th.
Bridgeland junior Lucas Borrero (79-75-154) was CFISD’s top individual finisher, as he placed tied for 24th. Other golfers to finish in the top 50 were Cypress Ranch senior Ruben Fourie (77-79-156), Bridgeland sophomore Nicholas Labarbera (80-77-157), Cypress Woods senior Riley Simmons (81-76-157) and Bridgeland junior Kolton Nunez (82-78-160).
On the girls’ side, Cypress Woods (386) and Langham Creek (398) finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in the team competition, which was limited to 18 holes April 25 due to inclement weather.
Langham Creek junior Sora Kim (80) was CFISD’s top individual finisher, as she placed tied for 21st. Other top-50 finishers were Langham Creek sophomore Tyler Cook (87) and Cypress Woods senior Reese Winn (88).