The Alpha Omega Academy boys golf team as well as freshman Isabel Huntsman played solidly at the TAPPS Class 2A Golf State Tournament and were rewarded for their efforts.
The Lions fell a few shots shy of 11-time defending champion Waco Vanguard and placed second as a team with a score of 333-335 — 668 at Stonetree Golf Club in Killeen on Tuesday. Additionally, Dylan Rowe shot 79-75 — 154 and finished just two strokes shy of winning the individual medalist title behind Austin Waldorf School’s Jeff Wilson (71-81 — 152). Tucker Harris was third with a 78-80 — 158.
“To have three of our boys players finish in the top 10 is pretty special,” Alpha Omega golf coach Dick Morton said. “What made the tournament particularly hard was the wind. On the course, the holes run predominantly north to south and the winds were coming from the west at around 20 miles per hour with gusts around 35. So if you’re not hitting fairways, which were narrow, you’d be struggling.
“The second day, it was cold but the wind didn’t affect us as much. I think we just had to learn that it may be more worthwhile to use less club to keep the ball low.”
Huntsman fired 94 and 96 to shoot a two-round total of 190 to finish seventh.
“She played pretty well. That was pretty neat,” Morton said. “Being her first state tournament, she wasn’t intimidated by the atmosphere, which was evident by her score.”
Lions advance to state track and field meet
After a strong performance at the TAPPS 2A South Regional track and field meet in Hallettsville last Saturday, several Alpha Omega Academy athletes are advancing to the state meet.
The Lions qualified for the state track and field meet in the discus, 100-meter dash and 4-by-100 relay.
Competing today in the discus at the state meet, which will be held at Hart Patterson Track in Waco, will be Logan Slaughter, who hurled the discus 101 feet, 9 inches to finish fourth last Saturday.
On Saturday, the running finals will be held, beginning at 9 a.m.
Lyndell Venible placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.65 seconds.
The 4-by-100 relay team of Slaughter, Karim Menefee, Kameron Coburn and Venible qualified for state with a time of 46.25 seconds.