Four area golf teams headed to state; Nelson wins region title

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The Mansfield girls golf team sat poised to strike after a first-round team score of 306 in the Class 5A Region I tournament in Lubbock on Monday, leaving first place Coppell just a one-stroke lead.

However, it was that same narrow margin Tuesday that handed Mansfield a third-place finish behind runner-up Southlake Carroll Black 625 to 624 at the Rawls Golf Course at Texas Tech.

“They played a little better on the back nine than we did,” Mansfield coach Chris Coursey said.

This season, Mansfield’s third-place finish is nothing to hang its heads over since the UIL expanded the teams that advance to state to the top three.

Adriana Morillo of Carroll led the Dragons with a 36-hole score of 149, good for sixth place. Leading the way for Mansfield was Jessie White, with rounds of 73-78 for 151.

In individual play, Erica Lautensack of Arlington High will make the trip to state, finishing third with a 146 total. Two strokes behind Lautensack and just out of state qualification was Paschal’s Rylee Pedigo.

Joining Mansfield and Carroll in team play is tournament champion Coppell, which ran away with the tournament Tuesday and finished 15 strokes up on Carroll with a 610.

Regardless of the placement, it’s always good to make a trip to Austin for the state tournament, Coursey said.

“The point is just to get there and see what happens,” he said.

Colleyville Heritage fell just short of a state tournament berth, finishing four strokes behind Mansfield.

Nelson boys win

It’s only fitting that the school named after one of game’s greatest players, Byron Nelson, would be successful in golf.

Trophy Club Nelson won the the Class 4A Region I tournament at the Diamondback Golf Club in Abilene, sending the team to state tournament.

Granbury finished second with a 611, 11 strokes behind the Bobcats.

Nelson’s Johnny Jones led the Bobcats with a two-round score of 143, good for third place in the individual standings. Granbury’s Travis Benson won the individual title with a 142, which included winning one playoff hole with second-place finisher Justin Jennings of Canyon Randall.

With two of the three top players already advancing to state in team play, a spot opened up for Fort Worth Arlington Heights’ Zach Campbell to head to state. Campbell finished fifth with 148.

Both the 5A and 4A state tournaments are held in Austin on April 29-30.

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