It won’t be long before the Hornets tee it up alongside some of the best golfers in the state at the District 14-5A tournament, scheduled April 11-12 at Raven Nest Golf Club in Huntsville.

Before that tournament, 10 Huntsville golfers get a chance to hold a dress rehearsal, of sorts. Starting this morning at 8, the Hornets will compete with all eight of their district foes at a two-day tournament held at Raven Nest and Elkins Lake.

“The two teams we’re going to play in the (Class) 5A division are pretty deep. We’ve got 10 good players, but a few of them have been a little inconsistent,” Huntsville golf coach Marcus Evans said Thursday. “We want the guys to try to play to their potential this week and hit their peak as they get ready for district.”

Senior Ross Becak leads the Huntsville “Green” team into this weekend’s tournament against the likes of The Woodlands, Lufkin, Bryan, Temple, Clear Brook, Conroe, Klein and Tyler Lee.

“This field is as strong or stronger than any other tournaments this year,” Evans said.

Colton Lunceford, Caleb LeNorman, Ethan Smith and Nathan Watson also will play for the Hornets’ top team.

On the Huntsville “White” team are Jeffrey Truax, Caleb Cox, Wes Wickersham, Chris McNair and Jake Bradley. Additionally, two other teams from HHS will play in the Class 4A tournament being held today at Waterwood National and Saturday at Raven Nest.

“One message we’re trying to give the guys loud and clear is that we’re taking a look at this tournament before we make our district decisions,” Evans said. “There are some opportunities for kids to move up. At district, we get to play two teams, plus three individuals.

“I want to see some results at this time of the year. This is when games are supposed to be really get polished. In practice we’re playing well — it’s time to do that in a tournament.”

Lunceford said he feels the Hornets are on the verge of a bust-out tournament.

“I feel like the team is ready,” he said before teeing off Thursday at Elkins Lake. “We’ve just got to go out and play our game. We don’t need to get overconfident, all we’ve got to do is play hole by hole. If we make a bogey, we just need to move on and make a birdie somewhere else.

“We know both of these courses, we just need to play like we know we can because we’re all hitting the ball well right now.”

Becak feels the same way. Strong performances this spring at West Fork and Brenham have the senior thinking about moving on past district, possibly even beyond region.

“I’ve got a lot of momentum going into this tournament,” Becak said Thursday. “I’m playing in my hometown and I want to play good for all the people who have supported me. Also, this is another tournament that helps prepare me for district.”

A solid striker of the ball, Becak has been spending lots of practice time around and on the greens. That’s where a regional, or state spot perhaps, might be won.

“I’ve been working on putting a lot,” Becak said. “I’ve been hitting the ball so well this spring and concentrating mostly on striking the ball. Recently I’ve been working with Robert Thompson on putting, making better reads and rolling the ball better.”

Truax, one of Becak’s best buddies, has had an up-and-down senior season. Like Becak, Truax has been working extremely hard the past few weeks, readying himself for this final stretch.

“I’ve been struggling this spring,” Truax admitted. “Coach worked with me and I’m working my way back. ... I want to play well this weekend so I can earn a spot on the varsity for my last high school tournament.”

Truax admits he’s been very inconsistent this season, especially with his irons.

“Coach has straightened me out and I’ve been playing better,” he said.

Evans said he’ll be paying close attention to the scores turned in by the Hornets this weekend. He wants to see a bunch of 70s, because that’s what it’s going to take to stay with the best teams in this tournament.

Lunceford believes the Hornets are ready to give their coach want he wants.

“This really is a good field,” Lunceford said. “To get the feeling of a big tournament at Raven Nest will be really good. Coach wants us to show our stuff at Raven Nest, and I think that’s what we’re going to do.”