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East junior, West freshman take top spots at Victoria East Invitational

By Julie Garcia
Oct. 7, 2013 at 5:07 a.m.
Updated Oct. 8, 2013 at 5:08 a.m.

Ashley Martin, 16, junior at Victoria East High School, putts during the Victoria East Invitational at The Club at Colony Creek in Victoria.

In the summer between her sophomore and junior years, Victoria East junior Ashley Martin developed her golf game.

According to East coach Mike Smith, she gained physical strength and muscle tone, which changed the way she swung the club.

"She practiced so much and feels more confident this year - she knows she can play," Smith said Monday morning at the Victoria East Invitational at The Club at Colony Creek.

Taking more time on each shot has made all the difference, Martin said.

"I've been making smarter shots and taking my time more," she said.

The extra time paid off for Martin, who had the invitational's top score for the girls with a 93.

In ninth grade, Martin was a novice to the sport of golf but decided to try it because many of her friends were playing.

"I wanted to try something new in high school," she said, adding that she never played any other sport.

Smith noticed that Martin has progressed in talent and accuracy since last season.

"She's just now becoming a really good player," Smith said.

With the rest of the fall and the offseason to further improve, Martin will likely be a top varsity golfer as a senior.

Golfing isn't the only thing on her plate, though.

"I like sports photography; I do it for the yearbook," Martin said.

Football is her favorite sport to photograph, she said, and added that she goes to every East Titans football game to take pictures.

"You can't really expect what's going to happen - there is a lot of quick thinking," she said.

Victoria East, West, St. Joseph, Corpus Christi King, St. Joseph and Calhoun competed in the all-day tournament.

CC King won first place in the girls' division with a score of 430, followed by East with 453 and St. Joseph with 493.

With 29 players in the West golf program, there is a freshman that coach Fred Neuman is keeping his eye on.

Jack Bordovsky, 14, scored an 82, which helped the West boys win first place in their division.

West boys scored a 383, followed by East boys with 385 and St. Joseph with a 448.

Neuman said that Bordovsky comes with experience and a determination to play well.

"When players come in with good experience, they want to be competitive, play well; if they don't, they adjust and do better the next time," Neuman said.

Bordovsky played with the Southern Texas PGA program, which taught him the basics of golf and composure, said his mother, Renee.

"I anticipate good things for Jack in the next three to four years," Neuman said.

With only the best players being brought to tournaments, Neuman said there is competition to get the opportunity to travel.

Five are chosen to represent the school, and the four lowest scores are chosen for final scoring, Neuman said.

"It's important that the kids understand that every stroke counts; one stroke can be awful important going into the leaderboard," he said.

Victoria East Invitational Scoreboard

Boys' Division

Individual

First place: Victoria West, Jack Bordovsky, 82

Second place: St. Joseph, Stephen Turek, Jr., 87

Third place: Victoria East, Logan Fimbel, 92

Overall

First: Victoria West, 383

Second: Victoria East, 385

Third: St. Joseph, 448

Girls' Division

Individual

First place: Victoria East, Ashley Martin, 93

Second place: CC King, Regan Vicknair, 96

Third place: CC King, Amanda Moreno, 101

Overall

First place: CC King, 430

Second place: Victoria East, 453

Third place: St. Joseph, 493

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