The Graford Lady Jackrabbits varsity golf team has made history by winning the district championship and qualifying for the UIL State Golf Tournament in Class 1A for three consecutive years, a first-time accomplishment in the program’s history. After finishing ninth in their first state competition due to inclement weather, the team improved each year, landing in sixth place last year. This year, the Lady Jackrabbits are hoping to win it all, as they face tough competition from schools like Garden City and Veribest. Despite busy schedules and heavy workloads across the board, the players are balancing academics with practice.
Coach Talley Dixon touts the importance of integrity and work ethic to the team, with players mostly practicing on their own time due to limited school resources. Golf is an after-school sport, adding another layer of complexity to the player’s schedules. The Lady Jackrabbits stand out for their honesty on the course, as Dixon believes golf is a game of integrity first and foremost.
Senior Brooke Crawford, who has played on the team for all three years of high school, says she enjoys the sport, which her dad first suggested she try. The Lady Jackrabbits will face their next challenge at the State Tournament at Plum Creek Golf Course in Kyle, where they will compete on Monday, May 15, and Tuesday, May 16. Graford will tee off at 8:10 a.m. on Monday.