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Yoakum, Cuero girls take different paths to state

By Julie Garcia
April 26, 2014 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated April 25, 2014 at 11:26 p.m.

Yoakum varsity golf senior Beth Moehlman, center, talks with teammates at Yoakum High School.

YOAKUM'S PRE-TOURNAMENT TRADITION

• Listen to "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Raitt. "We all have our parts that we sing," Macey Jacobs said.

• Draw a cross on each player's thumb and a prayer.

• Beth Moehlman fist-bumps all of her teammates.

In case of emergency, just 'Let It Go'

• "At regionals, I had to go and sing to everyone," said Yoakum's Lindsey Jacobs. "We listened to 'Frozen's' 'Let It Go' before we got there."

"You can't do it without each other," Beth Moehlman said about golf. "There are some girls who do it alone, but ours is a team effort. We're all sisters."

YOAKUM - It was only a few months ago that Macey Jacobs and Lindsey Dekowski picked up their first golf clubs.

"I took them as if they were in the second or third grade and built everything from the grip, the stance, to where they are now," said Yoakum coach Chad Forbus, a former golf professional who has led the golf team at Yoakum for two years.

Not too long after learning how to swing the clubs from Forbus, the girls competed in their first golf tournament.

"The first tournament, I just wanted to break 130," Dekowski said. "Now, I get really mad if I don't break 100. I shot a 105 at district and said 'This is the worst day I've played in my whole life.' I've definitely seen the progression."

On Monday, both Lady Bulldogs and their other four teammates will play for a chance at a state championship in the Class 3A state tournament at Lost Pines Golf Resort in Cedar Creek.

"This is our first year, and that's why it's been such an eventful year," Dekowski said. "That's why it's so crazy that we're going to state."

On the other end of the spectrum, seniors Beth Moehlman and Anna Kvinta have been fixtures on the course since they were kids.

Kvinta's older sister, Emily, went to the state tournament multiple years while she was a student at Yoakum. Emily was part of the team that won the state title in 2004.

"I think she's really excited for us," Anna said about Emily. "She's helped me a lot, and I think she's excited to see me do so well."

Moehlman's dad played in high school and wanted his daughter to carry on the legacy. She went to the state tournament two years ago as a sophomore.

"My sophomore year, I came in at fourth," Moehlman, who also plays basketball for the Lady Bulldogs, said. "A lot more spectators - it's a big deal. It's an interesting experience."

Moehlman was the low scorer for her team at both district and regionals this year and aims to help the team place in the top five in Texas.

Built-in rivalry

After missing the state tournament in 2013 for the first time in nearly two decades, Yoakum's team came back with renewed fire this year.

For the first time, Cuero's girls golf team won the district and regional tournaments and qualified for the state tournament in 2013.

Though starting the season off shorthanded because of basketball playoffs, Cuero is going to state again Monday with many of its star players from last season.

"There was some rust to knock off not having a great deal of practice time going into their first tournament," said Cuero coach Scott Spanton. "It didn't take long to regain some of their form as they won the Wimberley tournament, and Chelsea Veit won low medalist. Our team total was 403."

Cuero kept the success going and finished in second place at the District 26-3A tournament - one spot behind Yoakum.

Junior Veit took first place overall at district with a 172 after two rounds. Teammate Mary Kate Krueger finished in third place to keep their team in the second-place spot going into regionals.

"The girls competed very well the second day, shaving 41 total strokes off the day one total," Spanton said. "Abby Bridges played her best round of the season to that point, shooting a 99 on the second day."

Kvinta admits that keeping Cuero at bay also keeps the team motivated.

"We just want to keep that tradition going so bad. So that really drives us to practice so long and hard all the time," Kvinta said. "And we always want to beat Cuero in everything we do - like any other sport."

Yoakum came in second place at regionals behind Fredericksburg. Cuero finished third.

Moehlman tied for sixth-place overall with an 83, 91, 174 finish. Kvinta finished 93, 86, 179. Lindsey Jacobs (Macey's cousin) scored a 94, 105, 199, while Dekowski shot a 95, 106, 201.

Jacobs had a 113, 92, 205 finish. Her second-day score was the best she has ever shot, she said.

Yoakum and Cuero will begin Day 1 of the state tournament Monday at 8 a.m.

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