The opening round of the Class 5A Region I golf tournament at the Rawls Course at Texas Tech in Lubbock played exactly as it was supposed to on Wednesday, but Thursday’s final round looked more like the British Open.
Winds gusting to 40 mph and sub-freezing temperatures created the worst golfing conditions Mansfield coach Trampas Wilson had ever experienced, he said.
“To be honest with you, it was a miserable five hours of golf,” Wilson said.
His Mansfield Black squad took first place with a two-day score of 602 in an effort he called more surviving than quality golf.
“Today, it didn’t have a lot to do with golf. It was ‘how tough are you?’” Wilson said.
Mansfield Black held a five-stroke lead heading into Thursday’s final round, which the team slowly watched disappear through the round’s first nine holes.
Headed into the back nine and tied with Southlake Carroll Black, Wilson refocused his team, which put forth a monumental effort in the closing nine holes.
Led by Tigers senior Luke Neeley’s one-under 71, Mansfield Black gained 11 strokes over Carroll Black after the turn.
“Today’s performance was about as good as I’ve seen out of a group of guys because of the adversity we stared at,” Wilson said.
Mansfield advances to the state tournament for the fifth straight year, looking for its second state title in that stretch. Their last championship came in 2011. Carroll Black (619) was second, and Flower Mound Marcus (628) also qualified for the state tournament April 29-30 in Austin.
Neeley tied teammate Andre Garcia for second-place honors at 149. Matt Gilchrest of Carroll Black was first at 145.
Nelson sweeps 4A
Following in the footsteps of the boys team on Tuesday, the Trophy Club Nelson girls took first place Thursday in the Class 4A Region I tournament at Diamondback Golf Club in Abilene.
The Bobcats’ score of 641 was 53 strokes ahead of second-place Wolfforth Frenship (694). Aledo Black was third at 699, good for third place and a state tournament berth.
Nelson’s Maty Monzingo shot her second consecutive 71 to win the tournament at 142. Nelson’s Alexandra Batista was third at 158.
Individually, two Crowley golfers advance to state, led by Katie Johnston, who finished second with a score of 157. Crowley’s Kim Kyong will also advance to state with a fourth-place score of 164.
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