Brady golfers holding their own in district tournament

The Brady High School golf teams hosted the first round of a two-day district golf tournament Tuesday and overcame billowing winds to post scores good enough to put them in the running for one of two regional berths. The boys teed off first Tuesday and the Black team ended up in first place with a team score of 318 going into Thursday’s meet. The girls played in the afternoon and posted a season best team score of 398 which put them only nine shots behind the leader, Llano. The boys’ Gold team posted a 334 team score which put them in fourth place midway through the tournament. According to coach Tim Kilgore, the Brady teams are right where they need to be having taken advantage of the home course edge in Tuesday’s tourney. With only a few strokes separating the top three teams, Thursday’s part two of the district meet at the Llano golf course will determine which two teams go on to compete at the regional level. “Our kids played very well, and several individuals posted good scores,” said Kilgore. “Tim Walker is tied for second place with a first round 77 and Casey Long is in fourth with a 78. Joe McKnight is a tie for fifth place with Ben Cruz with a 79. The leader shot a 73.” The Brady Black team is leading with a 318 followed by Llano and Wimberley each with a 326. Burnet shot a 329 and Brady Gold shot a 334. Ingram posted a 368 while Liberty Hill carded a 390 and 428 for their two teams. “I expect Llano and Wimberley to make a big change on Thursday,” said the coach. “The top two players on each of those two teams will probably shoot in the 70s on Thursday and make a run at the standings.” Individual scores for Brady on Tuesday were: Brady Black’Ben Cruz 79, Michael Gutierrez 84, Walker 77, Jim Bob Shelby 88, Casey Long 78; Brady Gold’Vic Cruz 83, Chris Vandine 87, McKnight 79, Justin Morgan 103 and Jeff Bowden 85. Medalists were Chad Hill 113 and Cole Whisenhunt 98. In the girls’ competition, Amy Pearson took the lead of the entire tournament with a low round of 81. That score put her four strokes ahead of Wimberley’s Jeanette Jordan who is now in second with an 85. As a team, Brady’s 398 is only nine back from Llano, but they are over 60 strokes ahead of Burnet who carded a 473. Other individual scores for the Lady Dogs are Callie Koe Shelby 94, Kristin Lundgren 106, Chelsea Rutherford 117 and Nicole Nowlin 124. The two teams played their second round of district play yesterday, but statistics and scores were not available at press time. A full recap of the district meet will be in Tuesday’s edition of the Brady Standard-Herald.

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