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Edna golfer shooting for the top at state tournament

By PAUL EBNER
May 12, 2009 at 12:12 a.m.

Edna senior Meredith Kresta will compete Thursday and Friday in the UIL Class 3A girls golf tournament in Austin.

Edna's Meredith Kresta has steadily improved her golf game over the last three years and the results are a proven indicator.

Kresta qualified the last two years for the state UIL Class 2A golf tournament with her teammates and after an 11th-place finish her first year, she rolled in with a sixth-place finish last year. This year competing as an individual, Kresta has her hopes set on finishing in the top three.

"I've been working hard on my short game because I knew if I could improve in that area I could do really well," said Kresta, who will tee off Thursday and Friday in the girls Class 3A tournament at Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin.

Her patience and hard work seem to be paying off this year. She has won five tournaments this season including the District 28-3A title. She also lost in a playoff at regional after tying for first with an 84-82-166.

She has claimed individual honors at the Edna, Sweeny, Columbia Lakes and Memorial Invitational and shot her career round of 72 in winning the Sweeny tournament. Her only non-individual title finishes came in Yoakum where she placed fourth and at the Lauren Johnson Memorial where she shot an 80-79-159.

"The key is staying focused and playing your shots as they come," said Kresta, who will play for the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio next fall.

As a sophomore, Kresta put together rounds of 87-82-169 to finish 11th at her first state tournament. Then last year as a junior, she opened with a 74 and then came home with an 83 for a 157 and a sixth-place finish.

Kresta credits a lot of her success to her instructor, Joe Cruso of San Antonio.

He's helped me a lot," Kresta said. "I've been working with him for the last eight years."

One thing for sure, Kresta knows she'll have to be a little more patient this year as she moves up from Class 2A to Class 3A competition at state.

The Class 3A field will include the top two finishers from last year in defending champ Andrews and runner-up Monahans, along with fifth-place finisher Yoakum.

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