By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
The Belton Lady Tigers team completed their 2014-2015 campaign with a 10th place finish at the 2015 UIL Class 6A Region II Tournament held last Wednesday and Thursday at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco.
The 10th place finish bettered their 2014 16th place finish. Lake Travis won the region with a two-day score of 579 (284-295). The Woodlands finished second (590), Montgomery Purple finished third (592), Austin Westlake finished fourth (616), College Park finished fifth (628), Round Rock McNeil finished sixth (687), Montgomery Gold finished seventh (690), Highland Park A finished eighth (691) and Rockwall finished ninth (692).
District 12-6A Champion Midway finished 11th with a 709, one stroke behind Belton.
Madison Smith, who fought through injuries in last year’s tournament and eventually withdrew during the second round, shot a team two-day best of 162 (88-74). Smith’s 162 tied her for 32nd in the region individually with Kat Hodges (81-81) and Elyssa Turvan (80-82), both of College Park.
Morgan Thomasson shot a two-day score of 175 (82-93), good for 50th in the region.
Alison Peterka finished in a four-way tie for 52nd with a 177 (87-90). Tied with Peterka was medalist golfer Annalieisa Salazar of Mesquite (91-86), Grace Newman of Highland Park A (87-90) and Allison McNeely of Sachse (83-94).
Alexis Jones’ 194 (96-98) tied her for 72nd in the region, along with Cameron Newhouse of Montgomery Gold and Emma Beaty of Rockwall, who also carded rounds of 96-98.
Taylor Parillo finished 80th in a challenging region with a two-day score of 201 (102-99).
“I’m very proud of the team and our girls,” Belton head coach Lauren Marx said. “They have worked so hard throughout the year and I’m happy with the outcome.”
The Lady Tigers and Midway played tightly throughout the last four rounds of play, with Midway winning District 12-6A by two strokes and Belton finishing a stroke ahead of the Pantherettes.
“Mia Ayer (73-67-140 at District 12-6A meet, 76-76-152 at regionals) played great in the district tournament,” Marx said. “She’s a special talent and our girls were challenged by the Midway girls.”