West's Vega finishes tied for 16th at state golf tournament
May 1, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated May 2, 2012 at 12:02 a.m.
AUSTIN - Victoria West senior Trevor Vega came into the day with a shot at taking home an individual medal from the UIL Class 4A State Golf Tournament.
But in the end, the medal and a top finish wasn't meant to be. Vega shot a final round 79 to finished tied for 16th at the state golf tournament played at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course.
"I had a great time here," said a reflective Vega after the round. "I'm glad I can say I played at state again. It wasn't what I wanted or expected, but it's fine."
Vega shot a two-round score of 150 after opening the tournament with a 71.
Vega finished tied with Northwest Nelson's Hayden Springer for 16th place.
"He just couldn't get anything going and sometimes when you can't get anything going, you start to press a little bit," said West boys golf coach Fred Neuman. "You miss a putt, you get disappointed."
During a four-year varsity career at Memorial then West, Vega made it to the regional tournament four times and goes down as West's first ever state qualifier after making it to Austin as a medalist his junior and senior years.
"I'm just glad we had a good team and we had a lot of good tournaments and a lot of fun times together," Vega said. "It was just a real fun time to play."
A year ago, Vega finished in an 11th place tie after shooting a two-round score of 153 on the same course.
Although Vega had a strong start to Round 2, things started unraveling on the eighth hole.
After double bogeying the Par-4 No. 8, Vega bogeyed holes 10-14 and No. 16.
"I started off good, I just unfolded today and couldn't do much about it," Vega said. "It's unfortunate."
Vega was able to birdie the Par-4 No. 17 then shoot par on the final hole of his high school career on 18.
"Even though he struggled at the turn, he finished really strong," Neuman said.
Added Vega: "I wish I could have played better because this is an opportunity that you'll never get to have again in your life."
After the round, Vega said he wants to play golf at the collegiate level, but is still exploring his options.
Although Vega will be moving on after the state tournament, Neuman said the Warriors still have talented players next year in Shannon Hawes, Colton Escamilla and Phillip Haynes coming back next season.
"That's a pretty good nucleus if they come back with a little determination," Neuman said. "We should be very competitive."
Lake Travis Wins Class 4A title
The Lake Travis Cavaliers shaved 12 strokes off their opening round score to win the Class 4A boys golf team state title for the second consecutive year on Tuesday at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course.
After shooting an opening round 300, Lake Travis shot 288 on Tuesday for a total score of 588.
The Cavaliers finished three strokes ahead of Dallas Highland Park. Northwest Nelson and Montgomery rounded out the top three.
Lake Travis has had a top three finish for five consecutive years in the Class 4A state tournament. Next year the school moves to Class 5A.
Scheffler wins individual championship
Although Dallas Highland Park's Scottie Scheffler added four shots to his second round score, he did enough to hold on and win the Class 4A individual state title on Tuesday at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course.
Scheffler entered the day as the tournament leader and posted rounds of 68 and 72 to beat Lake Travis' Klein Klotz by three strokes.
Klotz entered the day in 11th place, but clinched second place by shooting a 3-under 69.
Grandbury's Travis Benson and Lake Travis' Andrew Liu finished in a tie for third after posting a 144.
Montgomery wins girls team title, Hays' McCurdy takes 1st
The Montgomery A team shot a second-round score of 312 to hold on and win the girls Class 4A team championship.
Montgomery shot a team total of 622 to beat Northwest Bryon Nelson by three strokes.
Buda Hays' Lindsey McCurdy shot a second-round score of 142 to win the Class 4A individual state championship.
McCurdy edged out Nelson's Maty Monzingo by a stroke.