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East girls lead field at 30-4A golf tournament

By Victoria Advocate
April 9, 2013 at 5:04 a.m.
Updated April 8, 2013 at 11:09 p.m.

Cassidy Hoad reacts to her putt coming up just short of the hole on No. 3 during the District 30-4A tournament at Riverside Park.

Victoria East's Lindsey Crabb and Cassidy Hoad shot a 10-over 82. The two are in a three-way tie for third with Calallen's Alli Blundell.

The East girls shot a collective 351 to lead the team standings after 18 holes at the District 30-4A golf tournament at Riverside Golf Course on Monday. Calallen is eight shots behind the Titans.

Both squads shot lower than the scores they posted at the March 26 varsity preview tournament held on the same course.

"Our No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 girls all shot better today than they did the last time," said Mike Smith, the Victoria East coach. "Lindsey and Cassidy did an excellent job of being consistent.

"Both of them, we hope, will shoot in the 70s (Tuesday). They are capable of it."

East's Claire Vivian, Hannah Karasiuk and Kendall Carter posted better scores than the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 golfers from Gregory-Portland, Calallen and Calhoun.

East was the only school in the girls team standings to have all five golfers shoot below 100.

Crabb was in the pairing with Tuloso-Midway freshman Kelly Xac as well as G-P's Brooke DeGaish and Calallen's Jessica Seal. Smith said having the front-runner in the same group might also bring out the best in his No. 1 golfer.

"Kelly is a really great player," Smith said. "If you play with good people, lots of times, it will make you better."

Even if the two Titans shoot in the 70s, it might not be enough to catch Xac.

Xac shot a 5-under 67 to take a commanding lead in the girls individual competition.

Coaches, spectators and opponents were surprised but not stunned by the score, which set a course record.

The 15-year-old Xac (pronounced Zack) is 12 strokes ahead of DeGaish in second and 15 strokes ahead of the lowest area score.

"I'm not sure. I didn't really believe it at first," Xac said when asked about the course record.

Monday was the second time Xac tackled the 5,090-yard course. The first time, at the preview tournament, she shot a 69, which tied the women's course record with Emily Garza.

"I got a look at the course and where not to hit it," Xac said about her first round at Riverside. "Every shot I had last time, I remembered, and I knew what not to hit this time."

Xac bogeyed her first hole, the 296-yard Par 4 No. 1 hole on the blue course and four-putted her fourth hole.

However, that was long forgotten when she sunk four consecutive birdies and an eagle on the Par 4 No. 2 hole on the red course.

"I didn't start well. I was 3-over (after) four holes," Xac said. "Right at hole No. 7, I had three birdies in a row and an eagle. Once everything started clicking, it all felt good."

Xac was not the only golfer to post a personal best Monday.

Carter shot a 99 Monday afternoon, her first time breaking 100 in tournament play.



BOYS UPDATE

Victoria West's Jared Galvan shot the lowest round on the boys side with a 2-under 70.

His performance helped his team take the lead after 18 holes.

West leads the boys team standings by 34 strokes because all five Warriors shot in the 70s.

"He played well. He showed flashes this year of going low, and (Monday) he did it," said West boys golf coach Fred Neuman about Galvan. "To be below par, that's pretty special."

District 30-4A Boys Golf Tournament

Riverside Golf Course

Yardage: 6,462; Par: 72

First Round

Boys Team Standings

Victoria West "A" 296

Shannon Hawes 72

Colton Escamilla 77

Cabott Hanes 77

Remey Shelton 77

Jared Galvan 70

Victoria East "A" 330

Chad Williams 80

Zach Blevins 82

Hunter Redding 83

Chase Spicak 85

Nick Norman 85

Gregory-Portland 331

Jon Solle 75

Josh Glasson 81

Austyn Mann 87

Sal Ochoa 89

Charlie Garrett 88

Victoria West "B"

Wade Strickland 83

Travis Dibble 82

Sean Davis 86

Collins Koch 87

Patrick Kostella 85

Beeville 348

James Larakers 82

Kelsey Wright 83

Reid Carillo 80

Mario Borrego 103

Calallen 348

Beau Coleman 79

Brandon Schmill 92

Thomas Pearsall 96

Miles Callihan 84

Ryder Duff 93

Victoria East "B" 354

Hayden Redding 81

Logan Yates 88

Andrew McCleskey 91

Jayce Jones 98

Mason Miner 94

Calhoun 360

Greyson Parker 84

Mason Elgin 91

Colton Willoughby 85

Sean Tynes 109

Matt Warzecha 100

Medalists

Hunter Freeman, Tuloso-Midway 76

Nicholas Kouches, Victoria West 84

Brady Brittain, Victoria East 92

Charlie Traugott, Victoria East 98

Preston Nichols, Calhoun 99

Aaron Zapalac, Victoria West 101

Travis Nix, Victoria East 102

Thomas Dentler, Victoria West 102

Vince Guitierrez, Tuloso-Midway 102

Ethan Cuellar, Calhoun 105

McCullen Stafford, Calhoun 109

Austin Valdez, Tuloso-Midway 121

Richard McKinny, Gregory-Portland 123

District 30-4A Girls olf Tournament

Riverside Golf Course

Yardage: 5,090; Par: 72

First Round

Girls Team Standings

Victoria East 351

Lindsey Crabb 82

Cassidy Hoad 82

Claire Vivian 93

Hannah Karasiuk 94

Kendall Carter 99

Calallen 359

Jessie Seal 79

Alli Blundell 82

Corrie Fowler 101

Jessalyn Newcomb 103

Veronica Schneider 97

Victoria West 413

Morgan Park 93

Mikala McDonald 112

Emily Richter 110

Clare Smejkal 99

Addie Griffith 111

Calhoun 465

Haley Morales 120

Karly Critendon 116

Lauren Munoz 119

Shelby Clayton 110

Faith Fojt 121

Medalists

Kelly Xac, Tuloso-Midway 67

Brooke DeGaish, Gregory-Portland 79

Erika Max, Gregory-Portland 90

Cynthia Rodriguez, Gregory-Portland 92

Kaitlynn Edwards, Victoria East 105

Ashley Martin, Victoria East 107

Sage Sale, Tuloso-Midway 114

Skye Franklin, Victoria West 121

April Pawlik, Victoria East 121

Sara Casa, Beeville 124

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