Panthers, Mustangs eye one another heading into district

03/31/2014 12:01 AM

03/31/2014 12:02 AM

As the Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine golf programs get geared up for the district tournaments this week, coaches Terie Campbell and Bryan Humphreys said that they are confident their schools will be competitive.

Colleyville Heritage is coming off of a district championship on the girls side, and Campbell said the spring has been very good to her team.

“The boys have been a little up and down, so we need to develop some consistency there,” Campbell said. “We did finish second in a tournament earlier this year, and everybody kind of shot well. The last two tournaments, my number four and five players have really come on.

“On the girls side, we shot 300 a couple of weeks ago, and that included an 80. I'm excited for the girls team, because that 80 was normally much lower. We actually took second at the regional preview in Lubbock.”

Campbell said she has gotten great play from Su Son, Emily White, Sammi Judd, McKenna Orcutt and Tai Barber on the girls side, and Cade Bennett, Chandler Autrey, Michael Sigl, Greyson Blaies and Joe DePaola for the boys.

Campbell said the goal for the district tournament this week is straightforward.

“We want to win first,” Campbell said. “Our goal is to get out, but we would like to win first on both sides, and it is going to be challenging. Grapevine is right there.”

Campbell said she believes that Grapevine is Colleyville's biggest challenger, and Humphreys said the feeling is mutual from Grapevine's perspective.

Humphreys said it has been a good spring for the Grapevine golf program, and after a district championship on the boys side and second-place finish on the girls side, the Grapevine coach said his team is ready to pick up where it left off.

“Everyone has lost a lot of practice time due to the cold weather, so we are trying to get back to the form we had in the fall,” Humphreys said. “But I think we are going to be OK. I look for us to compete for a district title on both sides. I expect us to play well at regionals, and if the cards fall right, we may end up in Austin.”

Humphreys said he has had a couple of strong efforts this spring, including Jesse Bratz (UC-Davis), Kyle Heenan, Kyle Corey, Cokie Glaser and Amy Cox.

To repeat on the type of success Grapevine has recently enjoyed, Humpreys said it will take a couple of things.

“The boys will be going for a three peat, and the girls are trying to make up for that one stroke loss to Colleyville last year,” Humphreys said. “I'm pretty confident that it will come down to us and Colleyville Heritage, and we need to go out there and just have a good start on the first day.

“As the day progresses on day two, we will make adjustments along the way.”

The district boys meet will take place on April 2-3 at Bear Creek East and the girls district meet will take place on April 7-8 at the same course.

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