Gulf coast winds wreak havoc on regional golf tournament in Corpus

The Brady High School boys’ and girls’ varsity golf teams competed in regional competition in Corpus Christi earlier this week and represented this area in outstanding form. Faced with blustery 30-40 m.p.h. winds for virtually the entire tournament, the teams battled to post low scores. The boys team finished eighth in the region with a two-day total of 672. The girls placed seventh with a score of 854. The winning boys team was Hondo with a 637 and the girls winner was Zapata with a 733 “These were absolutely the worst conditions we have ever played in,” commented coach Tim Kilgore. “Despite the conditions, our kids still played well. We missed a few opportunities, but I am proud of the way they played.” In the boys’ competition, district rival Llano took sixth with 662 while the girls team from Llano placed third with a 797. Individual performances varied for the teams as each player struggled to overcome the gale-forced winds. Tim Walker posted the low score for the Brady team with am 81-82’163. Other scores included Michael Gutierrez 89-78’167; Ben Cruz 81-92’173; Jim Bob Shelby 88-86’164; Casey Long 85-91’176. In the girls tournament, they took on the tough course at Kings Crossing Country Club. The course has previously served as a qualifying course for the U.S. Open. Amy Pearson again led the Lady Dogs with a score of 89-93’192, only six strokes out of state ranking. Calli Koe Shelby fired an even 100-100’200; Kristin Lundgren shot a 104-106’211 and Chelsea Rutherford shot a 132-129’247. “The girls played a tough course that had a lot of water,” said Kilgore. “The wind added three club lengths to each swing so that was difficult for everyone. I am really proud of the girls for hanging in the way they did. “On the way back in the van, all of the kids were already talking about making it past regionals next year. We saw the scores that are needed and they are already excited about next season.”

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