Showing the signs of an ever-improving program, both the Brady golf boys’ and girls’ teams placed second in last week’s district tournament qualifying them to compete at regionals scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Corpus Christi. The two-day district tournament was held in Brady and Llano last week. The boys took the lead after the first round and the girls were holding a close second. In Thursday’s competition at the Llano course, both teams pulled through to hold on to win one of the top two qualifying spots. “I was very impressed with the way both the boys and girls held on to finish the day,” said coach Tim Kilgore. “The coaches voted to play the ball down which ultimately gave us some higher scores, but the kids did a great job.” The girls are advancing to regional play for the second consecutive year behind the play of the district’s number two player, Amy Pearson. Pearson fired a second round 88 after leading the first round with an 81. Her 169 total in the two-day meet was second only to Wimberley’s Jeanette Jordan who shot 85-79’164. Brady’s team score of 392 in the second round tied Llano for the day. Llano’s first round lead by nine strokes carried them on to the first place finish with a 781 with Brady in second with a 790. Other scores on the girls’ team were Callie Koe Shelby 94-90’184 fourth in district, Kristen Lundgren 106-100’206, Chelsea Rutherford 117-114’231 and Nicole Nowlin 124-124’248. Ingram was third in the tournament with a tournament score of 976. In boys competition, freshman Casey Long shook off an early double bogey and regrouped to fire the low round of the day for Brady. His round of 80 gave him a tournament total of 158 which put him as the fifth place district player. The rest of the Black team Ben Cruz, Michael Gutierrez, Tim Walker and Jim Bob Shelby, posted scores that totaled 651 for the tournament which put them only five strokes behind first place Llano. “Our teams were peaking at just the right time,” said coach Tim Kilgore. “At the beginning of the season, the girls team was being outplayed by Llano by 45 strokes and this time, we were only nine back. The boys really hung on after a shaky start and played the mental game very well.” Tournament totals for the boys’ Black team’s 651 total were Long 78-80’158, Walker 77-88’165, Cruz 79-89’168, Gutierrez 84-84’168 and Jim Bob Shelby 88-81’169. The Brady Gold team place fifth in the district with a team score of 713. Scores for the Gold team were Vic Cruz 83-97’180, Chris Vandine 87-98’185, Joe McKnight 79-96’175, Justin Morgan 103-100’203 and Jeff Bowden 85-88’173. Medalists Chad Hill and Cole Whisenhunt carded tournament totals of 207 and 200 respectively. Llano took the top spot in the district with a 656 followed by Brady Black 651, Wimberley 661, Burnet 664, Brady Gold 713, Ingram 738, Burnet 2 765, Liberty Hill 767 and Liberty Hill 2 813. “The girls have held on and gotten better at each tournament,” said Kilgore. “The boys are young with three sophomores and two freshmen, so there are great things to come there. What we need now is to encourage youngsters to take up the sport and get involved in junior high. As it stands now, we have a good group of eighth graders that will be in high school next year and I expect to be able to take three boys teams to tournaments.” The two qualifying teams will travel to Corpus Christi Sunday where they will play two days of regional action on Monday and Tuesday. The girls will play at King’s Crossing Country Club and the boys will tackle Gabe Lazano’s municipal.