4A state golf bronze medalist Mallory Matthews. 

Matthews earns bronze at state golf tournament


     Kingsland -- In the school’s final sporting event in Conference 4A – for the foreseeable future, at least – the Hondo Owls are bringing home a UIL State bronze medal.

     Senior Mallory Matthews placed third in the 4A Girls’ State Golf Tournament, held Monday and Tuesday, May 16-17, at the Legands Course in Kingsland.

     Matthews fired a 73 on Monday, followed by a 75 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 148. That was the same card turned in by Maddie Sanders of Midlothian Heritage, as they tied for second. In a one-hole playoff to determine who would take home the silver medal, Sanders birdied the hole, while Matthews parred it.

     The tournament winner, Alexandra Hileman of Sunnyvale, built a sizable lead on the first day, shooting a 68. She followed that with a 76 on Tuesday, for a total of 144, winning the tournament by four strokes.

     In August, with the start of the 2022-23 school year, Hondo is being realigned as a 3A high school, with an enrollment of 536.

     With the bronze medal, to go with the silver medal she won at last year’s tournament, the Baylor-bound Matthews becomes Hondo’s first two-time medalist at a UIL state tournament since Jack Rochat won back-to-back bronze medals in tennis, 2013-14.

     In the team standings, Argyle won its second straight state tourney, moving from second place after Monday to a 16-stroke victory after 36 holes. They had a 303 on Tuesday, following the team’s 317 on Monday. Heritage was second with a 636, followed by third-place Andrews with a 658. Region IV champion Fredericksburg placed fourth, with a 694.