By Barbara Boxleitner
Though her senior season was cut short, Joely Henderson ended her college golf career with a win.
The Midlothian High School graduate finished as co-winner of the March 8-9 Bellevue University tournament. The Texas Wesleyan University senior tied teammate Brooke Sullivan with a 152 (78-74).
"I ended really well," said Henderson, who competed for McLennan Community College before joining the Lady Rams. "I'm happy with the way I finished the season."
She shared the individual title on a course she said she had not played. "A long ball hitter" as described by Texas Wesleyan coach Kevin Millikan, she was able to use her length off the tee.
"It was a shorter course," she said. "The last hole was the tee shot over a creek bed, but you couldn't see the other side. The tee box was so far back. That hole definitely helped me out."
Millikan recruited Henderson out of high school and was happy to have her on the team after her time at McLennan. "She has a great work ethic," he said. "She was a real team leader."
He said her strength is course management, especially her ability to analyze a course. "She's a really smart player," he said.
In a prior spring tournament, Henderson tied for fifth by shooting 153 (72-81). She was third among the Lady Rams, who won the event.
"We had a really good team," she said. "It was more fun knowing it was my last year."
During the fall she tied for third overall, and was second among the Lady Rams, in the second tournament. She shot 220 (79-73-68) to help the team win by 13 strokes.
Henderson finished the 2018-19 season second on the squad with a 79.17 scoring average in 10 events. She had four top 10 finishes, which tied for the team lead, and had a high finish of fourth.
Freshman Sierra Mihailov started all 13 games for Texas A&M University-Texarkana. The Midlothian product hit .161 with one run batted in. The third baseman had a perfect fielding percentage in 24 chances.
Another from Midlothian High, Jarvis Christian College sophomore Alexis Perez played three games and batted .333.
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