Bay senior makes second trip to golf state championship

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Among those getting a crack at the high school golf state championship next week in Howey-in-the-Hills is one senior from Bay familiar with the tournament.

Bay senior Taylor Moody is set to make her third trip to state, hoping the trend of improving each year down there continues.

As a sophomore, Moody shot 27 over in 36 holes, tying for 37th. Last year, she shot even par and finished second, just one stroke behind the state champ, a golfer out of south Florida.

This time, Taylor hopes to jump up just one spot to get her hands on the state championship trophy.

"It's definitely exciting because I played so well last year," Moody said. "I'm just really excited because my game's changed so much and I think that I can really tear the course up this year. I think by just hitting fairways and hitting greens, I should be able to post a low score doing that. The course is a hard course, but I think if I just play my game and
hit some fairways and hit some more greens, hopefully I'll just play some good golf."

Moody will play in an FCA select shot tournament with her coach and two others at Kiawah Island this weekend, then head to Howey-in-the-Hills Sunday night.

Is she worried traveling and playing this weekend might lead to some fatigue going into the state tournament?

"No, I think when I play a lot of golf I play well. When I don't play a lot of golf I play okay. But five days of golf in a row, well six, is a lot but
l think I'm up to the challenge for that."

The boys teams of Mosley and Niceville and the girls
teams from Arnold, Niceville and Fort Walton Beach are also headed to state.