Three Midway golfers will swing for state titles in Austin, as the 6A UIL state golf tournament once again gets rolling Monday.
The tournament is a two-day event and will be played at the Legacy Hills Golf Course. Junior Mia Ayer will represent the girls team, with sophomore Daniel Siebert and senior Kade Miller giving it a go for the boys.
Ayer, who finished eigth in the tournament last year, is looking at this year as a chance to better her score and bring home some hardware.
“I’m excited because I wasn’t too happy about how I finished last year,” Ayer said. “I don’t have many nerves, I think I’ll be pretty relaxed going in. I’m just hoping to play better.”
Both Miller and Siebert are attending the tournament for the first time in their young careers and are looking at their chance to compete through confident eyes. With Miller graduating in just a few weeks, he’s hoping to end his last chance to compete at this level ends in a positive, yet victorious, fashhion.
““I feel really, really good about the way I am playing right now,” Miller said. “My game has progressed nicely. I’ve put a lot of hard work in this year and I feel like I have matured and gotten bigger and stronger because of it.”
Siebert is peaking at the right time, playing his best golf of the year the past few months. Citing changes made in the offseason and concentrating on improving his short game, he thinks his coaches are a big reason why he made it this far.
“With the help of coach May and a new swing coach, my mistakes and misses have been cut down.” Siebert said. “It makes me very confident going in and it’s a great way to learn what the tournament is like and see what it brings me.”
Men’s head coach David May has no doubt his players are ready to take on the challenge.
“These are two very deserving players,” May said. “Their work ethic and the love of the game has really taken them a long way.”
Tournaments such as these can put a lot of pressure on young athletes, but in the end, Kade Miller summed it up best.
“It is going to be a lot of fun,” Miller said.
“It’s an honor to represent my school in this fashion and I hope we do well.”