High School Golf: T-M's Xac excels in classroom, golf course

Rey Castillo
Corpus Christi Caller Times

Jennifer Xac has spent nearly a month preparing for this year's state golf tournament after qualifying as a medalist in April.

The Tuloso-Midway senior will also be scheduling time to prepare a graduation speech after being named salutatorian of her senior class on Thursday. 

"I knew I had to keep up my grades if there were any extra curricular activities that I wanted to do," Xac said. "I've learned that keeping up your grades is very important. My parents pushed me extremely hard."

This will be the second time Xac has qualified for the state tournament after advancing as a sophomore. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Xac and other golfers in Texas had to wait an extra year.

"It feels amazing that I'm back at the state tournament," Xac said. "It was a big goal to qualify as a junior, but COVID hit. I knew coming in as a senior I wanted to get back there, especially because golf was the only normal thing going on."

The Class 4A UIL State Tournament is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at Plum Creek Golf Course in Kyle.

Xac, who was named the District 31-4A Most Valuable Player, earned second place medalist honors at the Region IV-4A tournament at the Club at Colony Creek in Victoria to earn her right to golf at the state tournament.

Xac carded a two-day score of 152 to tie for second place with Pleasanton's Lacy Stevens. 

Her score of 75 in the first round was a new personal record. 

Xac will tee off at 8 a.m. Monday to open the state tournament. 

"We're just trying to pick up where we left off last year and put on a good show," said Tuloso-Midway coach Matt Pacheco. "Jennifer is one of those people that has her mind set. She's a great kid and a great student. It's a bonus for me that she's also great at playing golf."

Tuloso-Midway high school's Jennifer Xac

Xac's sister Kelly, who plays golf at the University of Texas, qualified for the state tournament four times with the Warriors and was named valedictorian of her senior class in high school. 

Although the sisters never played golf together in high school, Xac saidKelly has been her biggest role model in school and on the course. 

"It feels surreal knowing I was able to do some of the things my sister was able to do," Jennifer Xac said. "I looked up to her so much growing up, and I wanted to do exactly everything she did. She accomplished so many great accolades. It's really special knowing I have that connection, and something to share with my sister."

Xac continued to golf even after last season was canceled. 

Xac said playing golf and being on the school's debate team was an escape from everything that was going on in the world. 

"Being able to play golf was a relief for me," Xac said. "It gave me time to play and focus on other extra curricular activities as well. Being able to finish out my senior year and going to the state tournament again is something I'm proud of myself for doing."

Pacheco, who has known Xac since fourth grade, said it's been a joy to watch her excel and grow into the golfer and person she is today.

"We're very happy and proud of her," Pacheco said. "And not because of what she's done at Tuloso-Midway, but what she's done for the entire community."

Xac is committed to attend Texas next year as a business major. Xac said her goal is to attend law school and have a career in business law.

As far as golf, her passion to play isn't going anywhere.

"I have looked into some golf opportunities," Xac said. "I haven't thought much about actually playing with any college teams, but I will for sure keep up my golf game throughout college."

STATE QUALIFIERS

CLASS 3A — Kacie Cazalas, London

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