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Wind blows West off course at East tourney

By Taylor Mitchell
Dec. 2, 2012 at 6:02 a.m.

Victoria West's Collins Koch studies the green on the eighth hole during the second round of the East Invitational on Saturday.

TEAM LEADERS

• CC King A-Team 308, 325 (633)

• Victoria West A-Team 310, 328 (638)

• CC King B-Team 328, 338 (666)

• Victoria East A-Team 343, 334 (677)

• Gregory-Portland 356, 365 (721)

The Victoria West golf team entered day two of the East Varsity Boys Invitational Tournament at The Club of Colony Creek just two strokes behind the first place team, Corpus Christi King.

However, the wind increased on the final day of competition causing many of the golfers scores to increase as well. The Warriors were unable to gain any ground on King as they finished the tournament with total team score of 638.

"They put themselves in a great position going into the second day," Warriors head coach Fred Neuman said. "I was so proud of them. It was the lowest team total for the year, so far. They met the challenge and were able to hang on to second place."

King captured first place with a 633 team score and also took home the overall individual award with John Rafael's two-day score of 144, which included his 69 (two-under par) on Friday.

Shannon Hawes and Jared Galvan finished second and third overall, respectively, with Hawes posting a tournament score of 156 and Galvan finished with a 158.

"I performed exceptionally, I think," Hawes said about his second-best score. "The team played great. We had a chance at first place, but we didn't' get it. That's okay though because we won it last year."

The wind affected nearly every golfer with a majority of golfers turning in a higher score on Saturday than Friday. However, there were some golfers, like St. Joseph's Kyle Oliver who shot a 97 on day one, but turned in an 81 on day two.

"The wind was a factor today, whereas it wasn't one yesterday," Newman said. "Scores will always go up with windy conditions, especially with a course that is as open as Colony Creek."

Despite the windy conditions King was able to extend its lead to five strokes with three scores in the 80s and Rafael's 75. A day after having all but one member shot under 80, the Warriors had three members in the 80s and one in the 90s with only Hawes breaking the 80-stroke mark with a 79.

"I had a bunch of birdies, a lot of pars and didn't have too many bad holes," Hawes, who had three birdies Saturday, said. "It was a lot windier today. The greens were more accepting and I could put more spin on my shots."

King's B-team took home third place with a team score of 666 (328, 338). The East A-team finished fourth with a 677 and Gregory-Portland rounds out the top five with a team score of 721.

The Titans' Chad Williams made drastic improvements in his game, cutting off 10 strokes from his previous day's total. In fact, all but one Titan improved his score.

"We're really a young team," East head coach Troy McIntosh said. "We're looking to improve, but I'm not too disappointed. We just have to have everybody string together two good rounds."

The East B-team was led by Joshua Hawken on day two with a 92 and Jayce Jones turned in the best tournament score with a 187.

"The B team had some guys with career rounds and they battled hard," McIntosh said.

The Warriors were unable to pull off the comeback against King, but there is some satisfaction in besting their rivals at East's own tournament.

"That's why I have a smile on my face," Hawes said. "It's just like any other rivalry and we want to beat them. It doesn't matter if it's by one stroke or 50."

Team Scores

1st Place - CC King A-Team 308, 325 (633): John Rafael 69, 75 (144), Diego Baldwin 78, X; John Jones 80, 80 (160), Ryan Thomas 81, 87 (168), Austin Dolch 94, 83 (177)

2nd Place - Victoria West A-Team 310, 328 (638): Shannon Hawes 77, 79 (156), Jared Galvan 76, 82 (158), Colton Escamilla 79, 84 (163), Remey Shelton 80, 94 (174), Cabott Hanes 78, 83 (161)

3rd Place - CC King B-Team 328, 338 (666): Chandler Berryhill 81, 84 (165), Brandon Heslep 82, 81 (163), Scott Bartkowiak 88, 86 (174), Matt Melendee 77, 87 (164), Ben Stockseth 97, 88 (185)

4th Place - Victoria East A-Team 343, 334 (677): Chad Williams 92, 82 (174), Zach Blevins 84, 83 (167), Hunter Redding 87, 84 (171), Chase Spicak 86, 91 (177), Hayden Redding 86, 85 (171)

5th Place - Gregory-Portland 356, 365 (721): Josh Glasson 82, 91 (173), Bryan Hernandez 83, 85 (168), Austyn Mann 94, 93 (187), Richard McKinney 97, 96 (193)

6th Place - Victoria West B-Team 364, 383 (747), Wade Strickland 87, 98 (185), Collins Koch 99, 96 (195), Thomas Dentler 113, 115 (228), Sean Davis 88, 89 (177), Patrick Kostella 90, 100 (190)

7th Place - Victoria East B-Team 385, 382 (767)L Nick Norman 96, 95 (191), Logan Yates 102, 109 (211), Joshua Hawken 114, 92 (206), Logan Fimbel 100, 95 (195), Jayce Jones 87, 100 (187)

8th Place - St. Joseph 389-N/A: Kyle Oliver 97, 81 (178), Jarrett Howell 98, 97 (195), Stephen Turek Jr. 99, 104 (203), Adame Konarik 95, X , Connally Krueger 102, X

9th Place - Calhoun 407, 375 (782): Greyson Parker 86, 82 (168), Mason Elgin 96, 94 (191), Colton Willoughby 108, 99 (207), Patrick Day 126, 102 (228)

10th Place - CC Moody 445, 434 (879): David Lopez 113, 120 (233), Jordan Arciba 97, 97 (194), Juan Rodriguez 113, 111 (224), Rudy McGowan 131, 106 (237), Ben Garcia 122, X

Medalists

CC Miller: Bubba Knox 75, 87 (162), Manuel Sanchez 126, 118 (244)

CC John Paul II: John Gonzales 85, 80 (165), Daniel Lopez 82, 79 (161)

St. Joseph : AJ Calvo 117, 94 (211)

Victoria East: Mason Milner 98, 100 (198)

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