PESH Graduate Wins Golf State Championship
Plano East High School graduate, Libby Winans, won the 2018 UIL Girls 6A State Championship on May 22. The two-day tournament was hosted by Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown, Texas. With solid confidence and extraordinary talent, Winans left the last hole three shots ahead with a final score of 135. After winning district and regional, coming out on top at state was her ultimate goal. She explained, “I prepared very similarly. I worked very hard on my left to right breaking putts, which really paid off because that’s why I won. I had so many left to right breakers. I knew the fairways were tight, so I tried to zone in on a few swing thoughts like I would before any tournament as well.”
Winans began playing golf at 8-years-old, competing in her first tournament at The Courses at Watters Creek when she was nine. With her father by her side caddying, she won third place shooting a 70 on nine holes. Her successful run as a phenomenal golfer didn’t come easily. “The most challenging thing for me is playing my own game. If I’m in contention, I will sometimes start to care too much about what my opponents are doing and not just focus on what only I can control— me. I’ve noticed a big improvement on this in the past couple of months, but that is something I will always work on,” Winans said.
Her journey will continue in the fall as she heads to the University of Oklahoma. “I chose OU because of how great every aspect is there. It’s not too far from home, the course and facility are basically on campus, the dorm is amazing, the coaching staff is the best and it’s a big school with a tight knit atmosphere,” Winans explained. “I’d love to play golf for a living, of course, but right now I’m thinking of either majoring in sports psychology or nutrition.”
There are many young girls and boys who have dreams similar to Winans and she has sound advice as they face the long road ahead. “Golf goes up and down constantly. One week you’ll play great and the next will be one of the worst rounds you’ve had in a while. The best thing you can do is not get discouraged and practice your best every day. I see it as if you can beat people in preparation and mentally, then you will absolutely beat them on the course.”