Maegan Pungsuwan

Maegan Pungsuwan tees off during the first round of the state finals on Friday.

Shaving 17 strokes off its first-round score, the Lecanto High girls golf team finished up the FHSAA Class 2A Girls State Golf Championships with positive vibes.

The Panthers fired off a 366 on Saturday at the Las Colinas course at Mission Inn & Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, after a 383 on Friday. Their combined score of 749 was good for 12th in the team standings.

“I think they all did good. All of them improved their score,” Lecanto girls coach Stephanie Smith said. “Maegan (Pungswan) had a rough day today. But I feel like the finish we had was pretty solid.

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“We look forward to going back next year because we’ll have the same team again. It gave us the opportunity to grow together and go out and get a feel for it.”

Pungswan was the highest placer for the Panthers, ending up tied for 30th with a 168. The sophomore did have some struggles on Saturday, shooting an 89.

“Today I would say my mindset was fine. It was more performance and the ability to recover. I wasn’t on track for that,” Pungswan said. “I was putting myself in bad positions and didn’t have the ability to recover today.

“… Overall I know I learned what I need to work on, my weaknesses and strengths. I think I have to practice my long game and chipping.”

Still, Pungswan lowered her score from a 90-92—182 at states last year. She said she was “satisfied with the season overall. I improved a lot from last year. I gained a lot of experience and learned many things from playing.”

Angel Smith tallied five consecutive pars and shot a 39 across the back nine holes. Her second round of 83 was a big leap forward from a 98 on Friday, giving her a 181 score that tied for 54th. Lexy Smith also went down from a 98 in the first round, shooting a 93 to finish 65th (191).

Haley Holderfield completed her initial trip to states with a 101, improving from 108 on Day 1. Evelyn Larsen, also a rookie at states, shot 117 on Saturday and finished with a 232.

“Everyone played consistently,” Coach Smith said. “We had a good pace this weekend. There was a lot to learn from and we had fun together. I’m happy with how they finished.

“… I think it was a great season. Having new members come on, it was a great season to get to know one another and rebuild and have fun out there. We had a consistent season, which is why we were the first at-large team (to qualify for states).

“After this we’ll continue to play together in the offseason. We’ll keep working for next year. They’ll meet up because they’ve become friends over the season. That’s the best part about it.”

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