East girls lead field at 30-4A golf tournament
April 9, 2013 at 5:04 a.m.
Updated April 8, 2013 at 11:09 p.m.
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.
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
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
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
James Larakers 82
Kelsey Wright 83
Reid Carillo 80
Mario Borrego 103
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
Greyson Parker 84
Mason Elgin 91
Colton Willoughby 85
Sean Tynes 109
Matt Warzecha 100
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
Girls Team Standings
Victoria East 351
Lindsey Crabb 82
Cassidy Hoad 82
Claire Vivian 93
Hannah Karasiuk 94
Kendall Carter 99
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
Haley Morales 120
Karly Critendon 116
Lauren Munoz 119
Shelby Clayton 110
Faith Fojt 121
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