Plainview's quest for a 4th consecutive girls golf state title remains on hold

Published: Apr. 14, 2020 at 10:20 PM CDT
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The Plainview girls golf program is about as good as you can ask for. In the last 4 years, they have won three state championships in a row, with a state runner up finish before that.

Just when it seemed like they were on their way to a 4-pete, the Coronavirus forced them to leave their driver in the bag.

"I just think it's so hard on them to practice so hard for a goal at the end of the year, and not be able to achieve a certain goal because of certain circumstances," said Plainview girls golf coach Taylor Howard. "Nothing they can change. Hopefully it just drives them to work harder next year."

"It was definitely hard. Golf is all I do, everyday, every season," said Plainview golfer Lindlyn Ross. "Losing that was really hard for me."

"I didn't expect walking off my sophomore year on the 18th green, not getting to play at all my junior year," said Plainview golf Reagan Chaney. "It's really tough. It took awhile for it to be okay, but I guess it'll be alright."

Lucky for them, the whole team is made up of juniors, so they should get to play one more year. But knowing they won't get a chance to win a title every year, is like hitting out of the sand, tough.

"I really wanted to have the four," said Ross. "It's a statement of how good you can be. We could have been that good.

"Winning four in a row would have been awesome," said Howard. "But, it's relieving to know that I'll still have another year with these girls."

While they are done playing in tournaments this Spring, they are staying ready for their return to the links next year, hoping to grow closer, and score lower.

"We're extremely close, we're best friends off the course, and we're competitive on," said Chaney. "We're best friends so we try to beat each other."

"I've never seen any high school kid work as hard as they do on their own," said Howard. "With that being said, I think it's just going to roll over into next season, and their going to build off what they have accomplished so far."