West boys, East girls each win third straight title
April 9, 2013 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated April 9, 2013 at 11:10 p.m.
For the third consecutive year, Victoria West proved it had the best golfers in District 30-4A.
The Warriors had just one golfer shoot over 80 on Day 2 of the District 30-4A tournament that led to a 592 team total, the only team to break 600.
"It feels great," said Shannon Hawes, West's No. 1 golfer. "You can't really express it. It's amazing to hold this trophy."
"The school has been open three years, so this is quite an accomplishment," West coach Fred Neuman said. "We're setting the standard pretty high.
A day after West's best one-day performance, the Warriors continued their hot streak Tuesday morning with an indentical 296.
For Neuman, it was one of the best performances he has seen for his players this season.
"By far. They put two great runs together," Neuman said.
Hawes ended the tournament with the lowest boys' total. After shooting a 72 Monday, Hawes shot a 71 on a windy Tuesday that gave him a two-day score of 143.
"This is the best I've done all season," Hawes said. "To shoot a 1-under is great."
However, the tournament wasn't without a little drama.
After 36 holes, West's Cabbott Hanes was tied with Tuloso-Midway's Hunter Freeman at 152. The duo went into a playoff for the fourth individual place.
"I was excited. I felt really confident going into," Hanes said. "The first hole I felt some pressure; I was a little nervous, but I was used to it."
Hanes and Freeman matched either stroke for stroke over the first two playoff holes, but Hanes' second shot on the third hole put him in a tough spot to win the playoff.
"I was trying to play a flop shot over the green and have it trickle back down," Hanes explained. "But I hit some grass and not much ball. That's why I went up five feet and rolled back down."
Hanes would eventually concede the hole to Freeman.
The wind played a major role in the tournament. Fortunately for the Warriors, they were familiar enough with the course to negate the wind.
"Anytime you play a tournament where you sleep in your own bed is an advantage," Neuman said. "Play a course you maybe see once a week. They know the greens and know the layout."
Victoria East finished third in the boys' tournament with a two-day total of 671. Hunter Redding turned in the best two-day score for the Titans with an 83 on day one and 77 on the second day.
EAST GIRLS WIN DISTRICT TITLE
Lindsey Crabb shot an 81 on thre second day of the District 30-4A tournament, and Cassidy Hoad shot an 82 to lead Victoria East to another district title.
Crabb and Hoad were the only golfers from East to shoot under 95, but the two-day score of 710 was 21 strokes better than Calallen, which took second place.
Victoria West took third place. Morgan Park turned in the lowest score for the Lady Warriors with a 183.
NOTES• Kelly Xac set a new course record at Riverside Golf Course with a 67 on the first day of the tournament.
• The tournament victory by East gave coach Mike Smith his 15th district title in his career.