Warriors finish second in Spring Classic
By TAYLOR MITCHELL - TMITCHELL@VICAD.COM
Jan. 26, 2013 at 8:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:26 p.m.
Victoria West found itself in a familiar position headed into the final round of the Victoria West Spring Classic.
The Warriors trailed San Antonio MacArthur and Corpus Christi Incarnate Word by one stroke after one round at Victoria Country Club.
Almost two months ago, at the Victoria East Invitational, the Warriors trailed Corpus Christi King by two strokes headed into the final round of play.
Unfortunately, the results were the same Saturday as they were at the previous tournament.
Despite having two golfers post scores in the 70s, West turned in a 320 Round 2 score, giving it 659 for the tournament. Incarnate Word had golfers turn in rounds of 73 and 72 to distance itself from West and MacArthur with a 646 for the tournament.
MacArthur fell backwards with all but one golfer finishing in the 80's. In the first round on Friday, MacArthur had two golfers shoot under 80.
"I was proud of them. They put themselves in a position to win the tournament and we held on to second," said West head coach Fred Neuman. "I knew coming in to today with IWA that it'd be tough."
In the first round Friday, Shannon Hawes was the lone golfer for West to shoot under 80. On Saturday, both Remey Shelton and Colton Escamilla posted scores under 80, including Shelton's team-best 76.
"Honestly, today was the best round of my life," Shelton said. "I had no three putts, no hazards and didn't go out bounds once. I used the same ball the entire round, too. I felt like I needed to hold it down for my team because were one stroke down and needed as many low scores as we could get."
Hawes, who shot a 77 on day one, turned in an 82 on Saturday. Cabott Hanes shot an 87 and Jared Galvan shot an 84 for the West A team.
"I kind of let myself down," Hawes, the No. 1 golfer for West, said. "I didn't play bad, I think. I wasn't putting as well as yesterday and my drives weren't going where I wanted them to. Some of my irons were sloppy. It just wasn't as good as yesterday."
Victoria East A was unable to break the 700-mark, falling one stroke short with a 701 for the tournament. The Titans were led by Zack Blevins, who shot an 82 on Saturday. Chad Williams and Hayden Redding each shot an 88, Hunter Redding finished with a 91 and Chase Spicak finished with a 98.
Calhoun had one golfer shot a round in the 80s at the Spring Classic. Greyson Parker shot an 85 on Saturday to turn in the lowest score of the tournament for the Sandcrabs.
The West B team improved two shots on their day one score, finishing with a 391 on Saturday, giving it a 784 for the tournament. Wade Strickland led the Warriors with a two-day score of 178 and Sean Davis helped with a 192.
The East B team finished the tournament with an 822 score. Nick Norman turned in the best scorecard for the team with a two-day score of 182, including an 87 Saturday.