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March 2, 2014

HUNTSVILLE GOLF — Chandler Phillips wins individual medalist title

Hornet golf teams get feel for regional course

HUNTSVILLE — The Huntsville High School boys and girls golf teams got a good look at what to expect at the Class 4A Region III tournament.

The Hornets and Lady Hornets played at River Ridge Golf Club in Sealy for the regional preview golf tournament.

Huntsville’s Chandler Phillips won the boys individual medalist title after firing a 70 on Friday and Saturday.

The Lady Hornets shot 314-307 — 621 to finish third behind only Montgomery, the state’s top-ranked team in Class 4A girls, and Kingwood Park.

The Huntsville boys finished with a 320-327 — 647 and were tied for fourth with Port Neches-Groves.

“Overall, it was a good tournament for us,” Huntsville golf coach Marcus Evans said. “We learned that the greens at River Ridge are very fast. We’ll have to work on our putting because the speed on the greens can really make your round get away from you.”

Phillips led from wire-to-wire to win his fourth tournament since the fall.

“He really could’ve shot in the 60s both days. He played very solidly,” Evans said of Phillips.

Montgomery won the boys team title with a two-round total of 614. Ridge Point was second with a 644, followed by George Ranch.

“It was a tightly-packed bunch among the top 10 boys teams,” Evans said. “The wind started to blow, so scores were up on the second day.”

For the Hornets, Chris Gardner shot an 80-85 — 165, Rex Herklotz finished with an 81-87 — 168, Chase Bacon had an 80-85 — 165 and Jackson Hunter posted a score of 90-90 — 180.

The Huntsville girls were on fire Saturday and turned in a second-round score of 307, which allowed them to finish third with a score of 314-307 — 621. The Montgomery girls won with a 605, while Kingwood Park was second with a 301-309 — 610.

Courtney Tibiletti led the Lady Hornets with a 75-74 — 149. Hannah Valentine shot a 79-76 — 155, Paige Weiss finished with a 78-79 — 157, Casey Leatherman had a 82-78 — 160 and Reese Haralson had a 93-93 — 186.

“The girls were ball-striking as well as I’ve seen. Tee-to-green, I think we outplayed Montgomery, but we had a little trouble on the greens,” Evans said. “It was a tremendous field and a great tournament.”

The Lady Hornets will be back in action on March 21 and 22 when they host the Huntsville Girls Spring Classic at Raven Nest Golf Club.

Next up for the Hornets is the Huntsville Boys Spring Classic at Elkins Lake and Raven Nest on March 28 and 29.

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