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Villafranca continues golf career close to home

Cuero High School athletes continue to make commitments to play at the collegiate level. Following four years of playing for the Lady Gobblers, Cuero graduate Jocelyn Villafranca will now be wearing Jaguar red and playing for the University of Houston-Victoria.

The process of determining if and where Villafranca would continue playing golf competitively took some time.

“It was a while, just trying to figure out what I was going to do and where I was going to end up,” Villafranca recalled. “I’m incredibly grateful that I’m able to continue to play golf at the college level. I’m staying home, so I don’t have to worry about a lot of things that other kids are going to worry about.”

Villafranca is especially thankful that she is able to stay home while she attends college.

“I’m not even sure I’m ready to leave home yet,” Villafranca noted with a smile. “I depend on my parents a bunch. It’s nice being able to stay here and not having to go far.”

One of the leaders for the Lady Gobbler golf program which reached the regional tournament the last four seasons, Villafranca will now face even tougher competition from her own teammates in order to qualify each week.

“There’s definitely more girls than I’m used to for a team, so we’ll have to qualify each week,” Villafranca said. “That’s going to be a different pace; it’s going to be more competitive which I’m looking forward to.”

Villafranca concluded her high school career with a fourth place finish at the District 30-4A Tournament and placed ninth at the Region IV- 4A Tournament with a score of 86-91-177.

First-year head coach Christi Cano will lead the UHV golf program.

“I’m excited,” Villafranca stated. “She’s new, so she definitely has new ideas. She’s an ex-Tour player, herself [Ladies Professional Golf Association], so she knows about the game. She has a unique style and approach. She tries to do one-on-one as much as she can.”

Villafranca was a member of the National Honor Society in high school and an honor graduate, and she plans to major in business while at UHV before seeking a career in professional golf management. Most of all, though, she’s ready to get back on the course.

“I’m excited to play some golf again, play some tournaments,” Villafranca said.

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