BHS golfers prepping for district; boys battle wet weather in Tuesday tourney

The Brady golf teams continue to make their presence known in district competition as they prepare for the upcoming district tournaments scheduled for the second week of April. The boys and girls teams both traveled to Burnet to take on the Deleware Springs golf course last week. The girls held their own against several 4A and 5A schools in the day-long competition. Amy Pearson finished in the top 15 by carding a 93. Callie Koe Shelby shot a 100 and Kristin Lundgren finished with a 117. Chelsea Rutherford and Nicole Nowlin were unable to make the trip. “Our girls district is very competitive this year and our girls are right in the middle of it,” said coach Tim Kilgore. “Right now we are working toward peaking at the district tournament on April 10 and 12.” In boys competition, 28 teams battled the wind at the tough course in Burnet including area powerhouses Austin-Westlake, Round Rock and Lampasas. The bigger schools dominated the tournament but the Brady team posted a 348 team score which placed them 16th. Scoring for Brady were: Michael Gutierrez 82, Vic Cruz 88, Ben Cruz 89, Jim Bob Shelby 89 and Tim Walker 100. The boys team hosted a district warm-up tournament Tuesday at the Brady golf course, but playing conditions were anything but warm. With temperatures hovering in the upper 40s and rain falling for most of the round, the Brady team placed third under the miserable conditions. The teams teed off at 9:15 a.m. in a steady rain and battled the moisture for the entire day. Despite the dreary conditions, Joe David McKnight carded his best performance of the season with a 76 that gave him the fourth place medalist. “Joe had his best game of the year in the worst conditions we have played yet,” said Kilgore. “Our guys were ready to play despite the weather. It was a tough mental battle to play the entire day having to worry about staying dry, keeping gloves dry and just dealing with the rain, but we used this to prepare for a similar situation that might come at district.” The Brady Black team carded a 341 on the day which was good enough for third place. Burnet took first with a 314 followed by Brownwood with a 321. Llano was fourth with a 343 followed by Wimberley with a 347, Brady Gold 350, Mason 364, Ingram 380 and Liberty Hill 407. “Liberty Hill and Wimberley usually score very well and they had a tough time in this tournament,” said Kilgore. “This is the first time we have been able to beat Llano this year. We are in a very competitive district and you have to play well or someone will sneak up on you and beat you.” Individual scores in Tuesday’s Brady tournament were: Black Team’Justin Morgan 93, Chad Hill 116, Chris Vandine 83, Jeff Bowden 89; Gold Team’Michael Gutierrez 95, Ben Cruz 85, Vic Cruz 91, Shelby 89, Walker 85. Medalist play’Cole Whisenhunt 100, Riley Schumann 123. The top two teams at the upcoming district tournaments will advance to regionals. The district tournaments will be two-day tournaments played on the Brady and Llano courses April 10-12.

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