Big Spring golfers compete in two tournaments

Courtesy photo The Big Spring Boys’ Golf teams recently competed in two tournaments, the Regional Preview in Lubbock and the Bluebonnet Invitational in Brownwood. Shown here from left are Gabe Cate (Soph.), Jordan Dunn (Sr.), Nolan Otto (Sr.), Alex Leuschner (Fr.), and Jack Everett (Jr.)Courtesy photo Nolan Otto, Alex Leuschner, and Gabe Cate gather to watch as Phillip Lopez takes a shot in his first round in the 70s. Lopez shot a 79 in the round, the second-best Big Spring score in the tournament.
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The Big Spring boys program had a nice stretch of golf these past few days. The Big Spring Gold team competed in the Regional Preview in Lubbock on Friday and Saturday, then quickly turned around and headed to Brownwood to compete in the Bluebonnet Invitational on Monday.
The boys Gold team for the Regional Preview consisted of 3 seniors and 2 freshmen. Nolan Otto led the team by posting a 157 two day total, and one of the lowest rounds on day 2. The other members of the team were Nolan Dominguez, Jordan Dunn, Alex Leuschner, and Phillip Lopez. The boys team struggled to find their groove throughout this tournament, but still managed to post their lowest team total, at that time. The team finished 8th, out of 17 teams.
The boys then quickly turned around and competed in the Bluebonnet Invitational where they found a little more success than the region preview. This time, the entire boys program had the chance to compete. The gold and black teams were led by Senior Nolan Otto, and Freshmen Phillip Lopez. Otto and Lopez were the two low scorer's for Big Spring. Nolan Otto posted a 73, which was good for 2nd individually, and Lopez posted a 79, his first time breaking the 80 mark.
"I'm extremely proud of the boys, they played 3 out of 4 days and got better each time they teed it up," said Coach Ariel Falcon. "It's a true testament to their endurance, as well as the progression in their game."
The gold team consisted of Otto, Jack Everett, Jordan Dunn, Gabe Cate, and Alex Leuschner. The black team consisted of Lopez, Cory Cotton, Nathan Morales, Carlos Garcia, and Roger Hernandez.
Both teams found a groove from tee to green, but took a few holes to adjust to the speed of the greens. It was a good test for the boys mental toughness to turn around so quickly and compete. Gabe Cate and Jack Everett were able to post their lowest rounds of the year.
"Quite a few golfers stuck out, Everett with his ability to bounce back while fighting swing changes, Cate having the lowest 9 hole score, and Otto climbing back from a 4 over front 9 to shoot 3 under in the back 9, but the one that stuck out the most was Freshmen Phillip Lopez," said Falcon. "He had been steady 80s all year, and finally cracked into the 70s by posting a 79, which was second best from both Big Spring teams."
The teams showed tremendous grit, and their placing resembled it. The gold team finished with their lowest team total to date, with a 317 team score, while the black team finished with a 358. The gold team placed second, and the black team took fourth place.
The boys now get a little break before heading to Abilene next Wednesday to compete in the Wylie Golf Invitational.