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Victoria West golfers bounce back from bad first day; Vega takes top honors

By jhornberg
Jan. 29, 2011 at 10 p.m.
Updated Jan. 28, 2011 at 7:29 p.m.

Victoria West's Trevor Vega putts during the second round the of Victoria West Spring Classic on Saturday. The junior golfer picked up his first tournament win this year.

LEADERBOARDT. Vega (VW) 76-73 -149

S. DeStefano(BRY) 76-74 -150

J. Rafael (CCK) 79-74 -153

V. Edwards (CCK) 77-77 -154

B. Rachunek (WHA) 82-74 - 156

C. Woodfin (WHA) 81-75 -156

TOP TEAMSBryan: 329-319 - 648

CC King A: 329-319 - 648

SA Churchill B: 331-326 - 657

SA Churchill A: 334-324 - 658

G-P: 354-317 - 671

Victoria West A: 356-317 - 673

Klayton Koch didn't have a good Friday. Many of his teammates at Victoria West didn't either.

"I was struggling with my irons," said the senior golfer. "I couldn't put it all together."

What a difference a day makes.

Koch bounced back from an opening round 96 to shoot a 79 on Saturday, a 17 shot difference and indicative of the play of the rest of the team.

Combined, the Warriors shot a total of 39 shots lower than the day before, good enough to move up two spots and finish sixth.

In addition, junior golfer Trevor Vega picked up his first tournament win of the season, finishing as the top overall medalist with a second day 2-over 73, finishing one stroke ahead of Bryan's Sam De Stefano.

Playing with the top players in the tournament on Saturday helped the junior golfer.

"I knew what I had to do to keep pace," Vega said.

Even he had to bounce back from some uncharacteristic play after cruising through much of Friday's first round at Victoria Country Club.

"I played it smart, but the last four holes I wasn't playing too well," Vega said. "I hit the water on 16, but came back and got a birdie on 17. That was pretty much the nail in the coffin."

But the turnaround for the rest of the Warriors, and Koch in particular, was key to the team's success.

"The boys had a little fire in their belly because they played so poorly the first day," said Warriors coach Fred Neuman. "They wanted to play better."

Koch said he had been frustrated by his play the first day of the tournament, and that there had been some pressure to open the season with a bang.

But the change to an easier venue, Colony Creek, also helped.

"It's our home course, and we were the host," he said. "We wanted to be the best on the course. Without the pressure and the course change, things improved."

The conditions also improved. Sort of.

The morning weather was ideal for golf, with soft winds and warm weather for late January. But the conditions grew more blustery as the day wore on.

"It was a little easier," Koch said. "There wasn't a lot of wind early, and on the back nine the wind picked up.

"Approaching the green, it would blow the ball left or right, depending on the wind."

All five players for the Warriors shot better than their first day's score. In addition to Koch and Vega, Shannon Hawes shot an 81, a seven stroke improvement on his first round score; Colton Escamilla shot an 84, a 12-stroke improvement; and Trenton Lee shot a 94, a six shot improvement.

"They've got to feel good about it," Neuman said of the team's improvement. "It will boost their confidence and they'll be looking forward to the next tournament."

The Warriors and Victoria East will be in action on Feb. 18 and 19 at Pecan Valley in San Antonio for the Churchill tournament.

MORE TEAMS

There were a total of 20 teams in the tournament from 17 different schools, an improvement over the previous year's event, Neuman said.

"We're fortunate this year," he said. "We have five more teams."

TIEBREAKER

Bryan and Corpus Christi King played to a complete tie. Literally.

Both teams shot the same score on the first day at Victoria Country Club, then followed that up by shooting the same scores again on Saturday at Colony Creek to tie for the top spot at the end.

But there was no playoff for the tournament. King had left before all of the scores were posted.

Just four teams from three schools stuck around for the awards, almost an hour and a half after the last golfer came off the course.

So, tournament organizers looked to the cards for a tiebreaker, and Bryan's Matthew Wilkinson (176) outshot King's Daniel Hinojosa (187), giving the Vikings the top team spot in the tournament.

DISTRICT TOURNAMENT PREVIEW?

This tournament also played an important role for several of the schools participating.

The District 30-4A boys golf tournament will be at Victoria Country Club on April 4 and 5, and the district was well represented at the event. Four of the six schools, East, West, G-P and Calhoun, are from that district.

VICTORIA WEST SPRING CLASSIC

Friday and Saturday

Victoria Country Club and Colony Creek Country Club

Par 143 (72-71)

TOP TEAMS

Bryan: 329-319 - 648

Corpus Christi King A: 329-319 - 648

San Antonio Churchill B: 331-326 - 657

San Antonio Churchill A: 334-324 - 658

Gregory-Portland: 354-317 - 671

Victoria West A: 356-317 - 673

TOP FINISHERS

Trevor Vega(VW)76-73 -149 (+5)
Sam De Stefano(BRY)76-74 -150 (+6)
John Rafael(CCK)79-74 -153 (+9)
Vance Edwards(CCK)77-77 -154 (+10)
B. Rachunek(WHA)82-74 - 156 (+12)
Casey Woodfin(WHA)81-75 -156 (+12)

INDIVIDUAL SCORES

ALICE, 358-336 - 694: Juan Gonzalez 89-77 - 166; Reuben Lopez 85-86 - 171; Ron Garza 89-91 - 180; Kenneth Barerra 94-96 - 190; Dakota Levrier 95-82 - 177.

BRYAN, 329-319 - 648: Sam De Stefano 76-74 - 150; Clayton Hudson 88-77 - 165; Cody Meier 81-86 - 167; Matt Martinez 85-82 - 167; Matthew Wilkinson 87-89 - 176.

CALHOUN, 451-414 - 855: Greyson Parker 100-93 - 193; Ryan Johnson 112-102 - 214; Colton Willoughby 120-107 - 227; Tom Tomlinson 125-115 - 240; Mason Elgin 119-112 - 231.

CORPUS CHRISTI CALALLEN, 346-364 - 710: Beau Coleman 79-84 - 163; Dylan Atkinson 87-93 - 180; Justin Volkmann 107-DQ; Jay Murphy 89-87 - 176; Jameson Parker 91-100 - 191.

CORPUS CHRISTI CARROLL, 361-340 - 701: Matt Charles 87-78 - 165; Nathan Bomba 88-88 - 176; Sam Hernandez 97-92 - 189; Seve Trujillo 91-93 - 184; Domingo Zamarripa 95-82 - 177.

CORPUS CHRISTI JOHN PAUL II, 384-372 - 756: Abraham Zuniga 84-89 - 173; Mason Mireles 86-92 - 178; Joshua Acosta 94-96 - 190; Chris Shull 117-100 - 217; William Speck 115-104 - 219.

CORPUS CHRISTI KING A, 329-319 - 648: Vance Edwards 77-77 - 154; John Rafael 79-74 - 153; Neel Ahuja 86-85 - 171; Reed Norman 87-83 - 170; Daniel Hinojosa 91-96 - 187.

CORPUS CHRISTI KING B, 375-361 - 736: Eric Foster 87-88 - 175; Chandler Berryhill 90-88 - 178; James Jones III 97-86 - 183; Ryan Thomas 101-99 - 200.

CORPUS CHRISTI MOODY, 404-396 - 800: Alex Garcia 93-87 - 180; Cameron Moreno 108-98 - 206; Gus Contreras 104-103 - 207; Michael Moreno 117-108 - 225; Justin McMath 99-113 - 212.

CORPUS CHRISTI TULOSO-MIDWAY, 414-379 - 793: Phillip Lee 90-82 - 172; Hunter Freman 102-95 - 197; Ram Hernan

dez 101-99 - 200; Erick Rachui 121-103 - 224.

GREGORY-PORTLAND, 354-317 - 671: Trevor Garbe 88-82 - 170; Mishaun Bhakta 89-79 - 168; Jon Solle 90-78 - 168; Josh Glasson 87-78 - 165; Kyle Harrison 102-106 - 208.

SAN ANTONIO CHURCHILL A, 334-324 - 658: Matt Rodriguez 80-85 - 165; Scott Peerman 79-78 - 157; Joey Silver 90-88 - 178; Chase Brincot 90-81 - 171; Tyler Gillen 85-80 - 165.

SAN ANTONIO CHURCHILL B, 331-326 - 657: Jake Gearhart 85-86 - 171; Jonah Vela 88-85 - 173; Austin Cross 85-75 - 160; Scott Shaw 82-82 - 164; Zach Kelm 79-84 - 163.

SAN ANTONIO EAST CENTRAL, 428-385 - 813: Tyler Haeker 86-83 - 169; Ben Rodriguez 112-94 - 206; Tanner Scheel 105-102 - 207; Shane Swientek 125-106 - 231; Charles Smith 129-111 - 240.

SAN ANTONIO MacARTHUR, 349-351 - 700: Charles Torres 87-82 - 169; Adolfo Diaz 88-91 - 179; Craig Krapcha 88-89 - 177; Sean Shaefer 86-89 - 175.

ST. JOSEPH, 401-380 - 781: Luke Lall 98-91 - 189; Aaron Tschoepe 89-87 - 176; Thomas Scharr 101-100 - 201; Chris Wood 124-112 - 236; Kyle Oliver 113-102 - 215.

VICTORIA EAST, 373-374 - 747: Weston Hall 94-89 - 183; Sammy Hysquierdo 87-95 - 182; Aaron McAfee 94-95 - 189; Bryan Doane 98-95 - 193.

VICTORIA WEST A, 356-317 - 673: Trevor Vega 76-73 - 149; Shannon Hawes 88-81 - 169; Klayton Koch 96-79 - 175; Trenton Lee 100-94 - 194; Colton Escamilla 96-84 - 180.

VICTORIA WEST B: Cabott Hanes 97-94 - 191; Wade Strickland 102-94 - 196.

WHARTON, 356-349 - 705: Branden Rachunek 82-74 - 156; Casey Woodfin 81-75 - 156; Dalton Woodfin 87-87 - 174; Egan Bennetson 106-113 - 219.

YOAKUM, 438-413 - 851: Eric Villareal 97-97 - 194; Tyler Kvinta 110-97 - 207; Chris Cisneros 112-106 - 218; Jose Rivas 119-113 - 232.

MEDALISTS: Adrian Ortiz 96-96 - 192; Juan Rios 115-107 - 222.

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