Raquel Trevino of Pasadena High proudly displays her first-place medalist plaque -- and gets a smile of approval from her coach, Russell Kent.
With the help of a miracle 35-foot chip shot, Pasadena High junior Raquel Trevino this week became the first female from her school ever to win a district golf championship.
Trevino defeated Memorial High senior Christina Stringham, the reigning three-time District 22-5A champion, on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff to capture the district title on Tuesday at the Evergreen Point Golf Course in Baytown.
Trevino would never have reached the third playoff hole if not for a 35-foot chip shot that found the cup and enabled her to birdie the par-three second hole. Stringham easily converted a 5-foot putt to claim her birdie on the hole.
On the third playoff hole, a par four, Trevino made the green in two strokes and two-putted for par. She claimed victory when Stringham missed a 12-foot putt she needed for par.
Trevino followed up a first-round 82 with a second-round score of 79, the only round of sub-80 golf in the tournament. That left her tied with Stringham, both with 36-hole totals of 161.
"Raquel has worked hard this year to improve her game," Pasadena High golf coach Russell Kent said, "and it showed."
The Eagles' girls team finished third in the team standings. Pictured below with Coach Kent are team members Katharine Manrique, Trevino, Gladis Rivas, Storm Villagran, Cindy Vasquez and Aracely Cortez.