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Mansfield grabs first-round boys golf 5A lead; Southlake Carroll trails
AUSTIN – In the middle of Mansfield’s round, the supporters could already tell the boys had done something right.
“They’re playing better than you drew it last night,” a fan said, standing near the tee box at 10.
“Way better,” Mansfield coach Trampas Wilson said.
This is Mansfield’s third straight year at the state tournament. And this is the third straight year that Wilson has believed his team could win the championship.
After finally coming together on the first day and taking the lead in the team standings with a 285, Mansfield is in position to do it this year.
“The last two years we were behind the eight ball,” Wilson said. “So that was our goal, play well and have a chance.”
The problem was always the first day. Wilson said his players got caught up in the glitter of the state meet and viewed it as too special of an event.
So at a team meeting Wednesday at the hotel, Wilson told them to relax. He told them that state was now an expectation. Special meant stringing together two excellent rounds.
On Thursday, they pieced together the first. Seniors Andy Ariens and Kolton Crawford led the way with a 71 and 69.
Though he is tied for second place, Crawford’s round could have been even better. He was 6-under with three holes to go before doubling and bogeying on two of his last three.
He talked about hope that his team could go even lower Friday and better Austin Westlake, Southlake Carroll, McKinney Boyd and the other teams in the hunt.
Wilson has that confidence in his team and in Crawford.
“I wouldn’t be surprised,” Wilson said, “if he comes out shooting something scary.”
Spieth leads after day one: Jesuit’s Jordan Spieth has won the last two state championships. He is on his way to a third.
Spieth shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday, good for a one-stroke lead over Crawford and McKinney Boyd’s Zach Cabra. This is his fourth time playing at the state tournament and, he estimates, about the 20th time he’s played Jimmy Clay Golf Course.
“I’ll be off first [Friday],” Spieth said. “Hopefully I’ll post something no one can catch.”
Briefly: Allen freshman Maddie Szeryk shot a one-under 71, putting her in a three-way tie for second place, two strokes off the lead. Allen is third in the team standings, trailing second-place El Paso Eastwood by three and leader Austin Westlake by seven. … Three of the top four boys teams are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area: Mansfield in first, Southlake Carroll in second and McKinney Boyd in fourth. … Thursday’s play was scheduled to start at 8 a.m. but was delayed because of storms until a shotgun start at 2:15 p.m.