With only two holes left at the girls’ Class 1A state golf tournament last year at Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club in Ocala, Ashley Holder was 5-under par as the individual title lay within reach.
She would find trouble at the 17th hole, though, and finish in a three-way tie for third overall as a freshman at 1-under. After posting scores of 73 and 70, she was left to watch as two other competitors (who finished just one stroke better) decided the championship in a tie-breaking playoff.
The sophomore is now setting herself up for a chance to meet up with many of those state qualifiers once again, as seven of the top eight finishers at the state tourney returned to their teams this season.
“I know the competition is going to be tough,” Holder told WFTV.
To keep up with the pack, she’s been focusing on playing a smarter game while spending day after day out on the courses of both North Shore and Eagle Creek golf clubs.