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UIL golf state tournament notebook: Highland Park boys rally to 4-shot lead; Allen girls down by 12
AUSTIN — Benefiting from an even-par 70 by Levi Pettit, the Highland Park Blue team shot an overall 6-over-par 286 to lead the Class 4A boys competition at the UIL State Golf Championships, played in an intermittent rain Monday at the Onion Creek Club.
Highland Park Blue owned a four-stroke lead at the halfway point of the 36-hole tournament at the club’s 6,530-yard North Course. San Antonio Alamo Heights, spurred by a 69 by Sutherland Stith for low round of the day, was second at 10-over 290 with Cedar Park another stroke back.
The Scots sent two teams to the event. Pettit, who was set to play on the Gold team until he was elevated to the Blue this week, was 2 over after his first four holes but rallied with birdies on the sixth, 14th and 16th holes before giving a shot back on the final hole.
Highland Park coach Jeff Loyd was happy with the way his team played, especially after a ragged beginning.
“At one point on the front side we were 10 over as a team, but the guys righted the ship and battled back,” Loyd said. “We can win if we keep the attitude we had in the second half of the round today. I think we will be in good shape if we play as well as we did coming home.”
Trophy Club Byron Nelson was fifth at 296, with Denton Guyer seventh at 305 and Highland Park’s Gold team eighth at 307.
Highland Park’s Scottie Scheffler, the defending 4A boys individual state champion, shot a 71 and is two shots off the lead.
Defending 5A girls champ Allen struggles: Across town at Morris Williams Golf Course in the 5A girls competition, some opening-round struggles may have cost Allen a chance to repeat as state champion.
The Eagles, even with a stirring 3-under 69 by Maddie Szeryk on the 5,762-yard course, finished the opening round at 23-over 311. Allen trails leader Austin Lake Travis by 12 strokes.
“We had some girls that didn’t play as well as they could, but that’s to be expected because we are a young team, and the course played much harder than it did when we were here in February,” Allen coach Karen Gravley said.
Mansfield boys lead: Cole Barnett shot an opening-round 67 help Mansfield take the lead in the 5A boys team standings. Mansfield carded a 285 and has a nine-shot lead over Lake Travis.
Barnett is tied for the individual lead with Andrew Paysse of Belton.
Weather delay: The 4A girls did not finish the first round because of lightning, hail and rain. They will resume at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The second round is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.