Granbury junior Mason Lewis shot a 68 on Monday to begin the UIL Class 5A girls golf state tournament and then birdied on the final hole Tuesday to win the championship at White Wing Golf Club in Georgetown.
Lewis shot a two-day total of 140 holding off Midlothian’s Tiffany Cao (141).
“It’s pretty amazing,” said Granbury coach Becky Addison who believes Lewis is the first girls golfer from Granbury to win a UIL state title. “If you knew Mason, you’d know she has an amazing work ethic and this is a testament of how hard she works. It’s well deserved and doesn’t surprise me. She had a great tournament.”
Lewis was co-leader with Frisco Lebanon Trail’s Summer Lee after Monday’s round shooting a 68.
Tuesday’s round was a bit more challenging given the weather conditions. Lewis was paired with Cao, who trailed by two strokes. Lewis began the day by bogeying three straight holes, but then birdied on four. A double bogey on nine put her even, but she still maintained a two-stroke lead on Cao.
On the back nine, Cao managed to cut Lewis’ advantage to one stroke with two holes remaining. Both golfers were even on 17 and then it was on to the par-5 18.
Both Lewis and Cao got to the green in two swings setting up their eagle attempts. Cao nearly made her putt, but had to settle for a short birdie. She still had to wait for Lewis’ eagle putt, which rolled just past the hole and set up the eventual winner.
Lewis made the clutch four-foot putt for a one-stoke lead and then waited for the final golfers for the official announcement. Julia Vollmer of San Antonio Alamo Heights came in third with a 142.
“I don’t think it has set in yet,” Lewis said. “I’m super excited and happy with how I played. It was stressful at times, but I didn’t know where I stood so I wasn’t worried about it. I just played the best I could and knew I had more holes to make up for lost strokes. I’m proud to represent Granbury.”
Lewis won the district title this season, but it was during the regional tournament where Lewis thought she had missed a spot at state. She finished with an 80, packed up and left.
“My assistant coach was still there, called me up and said, ‘You might want to come back,’” said Addison. “So I called Mason and told her to turn around.”
Lewis would end up third and clinched the final spot into the state tournament.
Now she’s a state champion.
“It’s crazy because I didn’t think I qualified, but everything happens for a reason,” Lewis said. “I went into state and took my time. Every shot, every putt was important. Once it was official, it was exciting and all the stress went away. I hope now more girls try out for the golf team. I hope we go to state as a team next year.”
“She had a good following there,” added Addison, who has been at Granbury for 19 years. “Once she won, my phone started blowing up. She is a special kid. She’s the real deal.”
1. Hebron 598
2. Austin Vandegrift 605
3. Austin Westlake 611
5. Mansfield 615
8. Southlake Carroll 629
1. Ryann Honea, San Angelo Central 143
2. Meagan Winans, Plano East 144
3. Mimi Burton, Austin Vandegrift 145 (won playoff)
4. Eubin Shim, Waco Midway 145
T23. Madison Le, Mansfield 152
T23. Lauren Madson, Mansfield 152
T25. Morgan Becker, Southlake Carroll 153
T25. Abby Hirtzel, Mansfield 153
T34. MaKayla Tyrrell, Southlake Carroll 154
T40. Corrina Haros, Mansfield 158
T42. Emma Costa, Southlake Carroll 159
T54. Chiara Brambilla, Southlake Carroll 163
T61. Ashley Kim, Southlake Carroll 168
T65. Addison Furtick, Mansfield 170
1. Alamo Heights 609
2. Montgomery 613
3. Boerne Champion 616
10. Aledo 669
12. Justin Northwest 707
1. Mason Lewis, Granbury 140
2. Tiffany Cao, Midlothian 141
3. Julia Vollmer, Alamo Heights 142
T4. Jacee Fields, Northwest 144
7. Malisone Chanthapanya, Saginaw 145
22. Aly Saunders, Aledo 153
39. Ella Fisher, Aledo 161
T40. Avree Fields, Northwest 163
47. Amy Moon, Burleson Centennial 166
54. Mallory Miller, Aledo 172
61. Libby Hall, Northwest 181
T63. Ava Forman, Aledo 185
68. Sanna Lemen, Aledo 193
70. Sadie Poe, Northwest 219
1. Argyle 475 (won playoff)
2. Andrews 475
3. Lampasas 477
4. Midlothian Heritage 490
1. Bohyun Park, Carrollton Ranchview 99
2. Mallory Matthews, Hondo 110
3. Kodi Nolen, Midlothian Heritage 111
T4. Maddie Sanders, Midlothian Heritage 114
T7. Katie Garner, Argyle 116
T10. Claire Jensen, Argyle 117
T15. Madelyn Diomede, Argyle 119
T20. Madison Wert, Argyle 123
T24. Trinity Conrad, Midlothian Heritage 124
T37. Lauren Justice, Argyle 131
T51. Brynlea Caldwell, Midlothian Heritage 144
T54. Cate Swize, Midlothian Heritage 147
1. Wall 696
2. McGregor 768
3. Caldwell 786
1. Katie Hart, Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill 154
2. Alli Reily, Pottsboro 155
3. Maggie Parmer, McGregor 160
10. Payton Hall, Peaster 173
1. Normangee 553
2. Mason 597
3. Crawford 617
1. Robert Lee 645
2. Clyde Eula 646
3. Veribert 655