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March 26, 2014

HUNTSVILLE GOLF — Lady Hornets lead district tournament after first round

HUNTSVILLE — Halfway home, the Lady Hornets stand above the rest of the field at the District 18-4A golf tournament at High Meadow Ranch Golf Club in Magnolia.

The Huntsville girls, led by senior Courtney Tibiletti, fired a 316 on Tuesday and lead the state’s top-ranked team Montgomery and the rest of the field.

“We’re very pleased to have the lead after the first day,” Huntsville golf coach Marcus Evans said.

“I felt like we played better than our score. It could’ve been even better. Our ball-striking was that good. We were a little inconsistent on our short game and made a few mistakes there. Overall, we’re beating the top program in the state. That’s a credit to these girls and the work they’ve put in.”

Tibiletti, the sixth-ranked golfer among the Class 4A girls, posted the Lady Hornets’ lowest score with a 77 and leads the field in the individual medalist standings. Senior Hannah Valentine is tied for second with a 78.

Paige Weiss turned in an 80, Casey Leatherman fired an 81 and Reece Haralson finished with a 91.

“Casey and Paige both stepped up and played solidly. It takes pressure off the top player,” Evans said. “Reece is not far off either and I expect for her to shoot lower.”

The Huntsville girls hold a five-stroke lead over Montgomery Purple (321), followed by Magnolia (348), Montgomery Gold (352) and Willis (399).

“No question, I expect Montgomery’s top team to have a much better round tomorrow,” Evans said. “It’s up to us to play better and fix our mistakes. We’re fully capable to be able to do that.”

The Lady Hornets look to finish strong and win a district championship today and also wrap up a spot in the Region III tournament. The Huntsville girls begin teeing off today at 12:30 p.m.

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