Friendswood’s Kerr sets a new standard

Quite possibly better days are ahead for Mary Kerr, but as a sophomore on the Friendswood golf team, she already finds herself in elite company.

More specifically, she is at the top of the list.

Kerry recently won a one-day tournament at Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland, netting a par 71 of an under.

The performance, to the knowledge of head coach Scott Smith, marks the first time a golfer at Friendswood High School has recorded an under par.

“You could see last year that it could go down,” Smith said. “This year she solidified as a top golfer.

“She plays all the time – she doesn’t take a day off.”

Last year, Kerr’s freshman average in college was 81 and she was a vital member of the Lady Mustang squad that reached the State Class 5A tournament.

“She and Hannah Johnston each shot 72 in one tournament last year, and Mary shot 73 in another, but went through some swing stuff that she couldn’t get out of,” Smith said.

“She also had a good regional tournament last year, where I mean she shot 73-84.”

On November 11, Kerr shot rounds of 74 and 72 to win a tournament at the Battleground Golf Course in Deer Park.

“She was lucky enough to birdie the last hole 71 but was able to save par,” said Smith.

Kerr went on to claim the one-shot victory on November 29 at Golfcrest Country Club posting the stage score.

Most recently, Kerr won a South Texas PGA event at the Apple Rock Golf Course in Horseshoe Bay.

“She had four spots in the last nine and grabbed the girl in front of her,” Smith said.

In winning, Kerr posted a total of 20 for two laps on the course.

Smith said the course was extremely difficult because the tees were back and the conditions were cold and windy which produced inflated scores for everyone.

Still, Kerr found a way to win on a course that featured hills and blind shots.

Due to his work ethic, Smith believes Kerr will only get better.

“She really doesn’t have a weakness, and her short game helps a lot to save par,” he said.

“His irons are so precise and he rarely misses a green.

“Most of the time, she has a good birdie preview or gets in a great position for two putts for the par.

Currently, the golf season is suspended for the holiday season.

“The fall season is over and we’re taking a break to get ready for spring,” Smith said. “As for the practice, we closed it.

Smith said the team, which trains at Magnolia Creek Golf Course in League City, will resume the tournament on January 28.

“We have three or four two-day events in the spring,” Smith said.

“I know we’re playing in the Debbie Fuchs tournament, and we’ll be playing at Galveston Country Club for two days, and we’ll also be playing in a two-day event at Sienna Plantation.

“If we’re playing well, we should be pretty competitive in district and regional tournaments. “

There is no doubt that Kerr will be a factor in the progression of the Lady Mustang golf team.

“Golf becomes a lot easier when you hit the ball as well as Mary,” said Smith.

“She’s very precise from the start, and I would say her course management is probably her greatest asset.

“Most golfers catch a driver every time they see a par four, but it’s long enough off the tee that they can play a little smarter.

“She has all the shots in her bag. It’s awesome to watch.

“Once you get that low it’s hard to shave off the punches, but if it can stay (roughly at par) we’ll be in good shape.”

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