Golf team takes second in McLarty Invitational

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Photo by Hannah Patterson

Freshman Garrett May lines up his putt during the McLarty Tiger Invitational at Texarkana Country Club today.

Story by Brianna Sellers, Viewpoint Editor

The boys’ golf team placed second in the McLarty Tiger Invitational held Oct. 14-15 at
Texarkana Country Club. Senior Cole Kennedy also placed second individually.

The twelve participating schools were Aledo, Dallas Jesuit, Grapevine, Highland Park, J.J. Pearce, Kingwood, Mansfield Legacy, Midlothian, Pleasant Grove, Southlake Caroll, Texas High and Trinity.

During the outset of the tournament, Coach Jay Brewer hoped for solid results.

“If we could finish in the top five out of this tournament on a course like this, I would be ecstatic,” Brewer said. “We still have a pretty young team, with only one senior, one junior, and the rest underclassmen with us today, but I believe in my boys.”

Nervous, sophomore Josh Elrod was the first to tee off for Texas High at about 10:45 a.m. This was his first tournament for the season, and he started with a score of 7 on a par 4 for hole 1.

Next was freshman Tyler Duncan who scored 4 on par 4. He was followed by junior Stephen Vaughan who scored a 4 on par 4. Fourth was freshman Garrett May who scored a 4 on par 4. And last was senior Cole Kennedy, No. 1 on the team, with a score of 5 on a par 4.

The first day of play finished with Texas High in third place for the first 18 holes with a total of 314 that Friday. Individually the scores were Cole Kennedy, 74; Garrett May, 78; Stephen Vaughan, 80; Tyler Duncan, 89; and Josh Elrod, 82

Vaughan planned to improve his game the next day in order to come out with a better score.

“I played good and bad,” Vaughan said. “I had a real bad front nine but held it together on the back nine (42-38). I do plan to start off better tomorrow and play all day like I did the back nine.”

On Saturday, they played the back nine, finishing with the following scores: Kennedy, 72; May, 74; Vaughan, 85; Duncan, 82; and Elrod, 82.

The final score for Texas High was 624 points, and the second place finish.

While Brewer looks to improve and raise their placement in the next tournament, he is happy with the weekend’s outcome.

“All of my boys are hard-workers,” Brewer said. “They understand that there is a lot of practicing outside of our team practices. They go out on the weekend and work hard when they could be hanging out with their friends. Everything they do pays off and I know that by the time of our next tournament, they will be even more prepared.”