Golfers from Garden City and Sands overcame not only the course, but Mother Nature as well, at the District 10-1A tournament at Big Spring Country Club Monday.
Garden City won both the boys' and girls' team and individual titles, while Sands placed second in the boys' bracket. Those three squads advance to the Region II-1A tournament, scheduled for Shady Oaks Country Club in Baird April 18-19.
Paced by the trio of Hayden Halfmann, Brian Hirt and Austin Hoelscher, Garden City won the boys' division by 61 strokes over runner-up Sands.
GCHS posted a team score of 332, while Sands A managed a 393. Sterling City was third with a 397, while Borden County (436) was fourth and Grady (442) placed fifth. Sands B posted a team total of 480.
Halfmann and Hirt ended the day tied for medalist honors with identical 80 scores, while Hoelscher was two strokes back. Hirt eventually won a five-hole playoff to claim the individual honors.
Hayden Ware fired an 89 and Landon Parker shot 94 to pace the Sands boys, who impressed their coach with their performance in the cold, windy conditions.
“It was brutal golfing conditions, definitely not fun,” Bully Grumbles said. “I was pleasantly surprised we advanced.”
Garden City handily won the girls' division, as well, firing a team total of 389 to out-pace Borden County, which qualified for the regional tournament with a 464. Grady was third with a total score of 486.
The Lady Bearkats took the top three spots in medalist competition, with Britni Cook taking top honors with an 87. Katelyn Hoelscher was second with a 93 and Ashley Halfmann was third with a 95. Cayley Oppegard and Julia Scheulke of Grady rounded out the top five with scores of 110 and 114, respectively.
GCHS Coach Koby Abney said his squad performed well, considering the conditions.
“The weather definitely upped everybody's scores,” Abney said.”But I thought everyone handled it and performed well.”
Coahoma fourth after District 3-2A 1st round
Squads from Colorado City and Denver City lead their respective divisions after first-round play at Comanche Trail Golf Course Monday.
Colorado City grabbed the early lead in the girls' division, firing a team total of 402 to lead second place Denver City by 47 strokes. Stanton is in third place with a 476, followed by Slaton (486) and Roosevelt (496).
The battle is much closer in the boys' division. At the end of Monday's first round, Denver City A is first with a total score of 347, which is eight shots better than second-place Colorado City. Slaton is third with a 367, while Coahoma A and Roosevelt were tied for fourth with identical 374 scores.
Forsan currently stands seventh in the boys' division with a team total of 396.
In girls' medalist play, Taylor Griffith of Colorado City is in the lead with a score of 88, while Post's Skylar Jones is second at 95. Kendra Graham of Stanton, Taylor Harris of Colorado City and Forsan's Kala Long round out the top five.
Tyler Brown of Denver City (77) holds the lead in boys' medalist play by three strokes over Tyler Hammond of Colorado City. Marcus Brown of Denver City is third with an 81, while Coahoma's Reagan Reid is fourth at 87.
Coahoma A's individual scores included Alex Hill with a 91, Morgan Luce at 93, Adrian Grant at 103 and Kaleb McAdams with a score of 111.
Hayden Adamson fired a 97 to lead Coahoma B, followed by T.J. White (109), Dustin Fontana (117) and Keaton Martin (120).
Forsan was paced by Mikael Pappajohn, who scored 95, followed by Covan Davidson (97), John Breyman (99), and Tyler Evans and Cody Moore, who both scored 105.
The District 3-2A tournament continues Monday at Denver City.