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Golf roundup: Scottie Scheffler's hole in one helps Highland Park boys ace out rivals; Woodrow Wilson's Choi wins 4A title
AUSTIN — Scottie Scheffler provided the exclamation point for Highland Park on a dominant day for both player and school.
Scheffler, the defending individual state champion in Class 4A, used a wedge on the uphill, 144-yard 17th hole Tuesday to record a hole in one. The junior repeated as champion with a two-day total of 5-under-par 135, and the Scots rolled to a 25-shot win for their first state title since 2010.
For Scheffler, who finished three shots ahead of Connor Black of Humble Summer Creek and Collin Frizzell of Nacogdoches, his triumph on the North Course at Onion Creek Club was secondary.
“Without a doubt, helping Highland Park win the team championship was much more important to me than winning another individual title,” said Scheffler, who had a final-round 64. “Winning as at team is what we came here to do. Yeah, it’s great to be on top of the leaderboard again, and it’s great to have a hole in one, but that’s just extra.”
Grace Choi of Woodrow Wilson captured the 4A girls individual title by firing a 6-under 64 and finishing at 8-under 132, the only girls player under par. She was 12 stokes clear of Maty Monzingo of Trophy Club Byron Nelson and Cedar Park’s Dana Clary.
Choi had streaks of four and then three birdies in a row during a round she called her best ever in competition.
“I made some big putts for par and just stayed relaxed and focused on getting the ball in the hole,” said Choi, who is bound for Michigan to play golf in the fall. “It was really a stress-free and fun round.”
Byron Nelson amassed a score of 61-over-par 621 to hold off perennial power Montgomery by four strokes for the girls team title. Prosper was fourth at 649 while Highland Park was eighth at 676.
Austin Lake Travis sweeps 5A team titles: Across town at Morris Williams Golf Course, the Mansfield boys team watched a nine-stroke lead evaporate with the fog that delayed early-morning play. Austin Lake Travis shot 11 under par in the second round to win the 5A championship by five strokes with a 5-under 571 score for 36 holes.
Lake Travis, which won the boys’ 4A title in 2012, played so well that it was able to toss out an even-par 72 by Dillon Van Essen as its fifth-best score. The other four Cavaliers (led by Jake Ezell’s 66 a day after he shot a team-worst 80) were all under par for the second round.
Mansfield finished at 576, six strokes clear of third-place Southlake Carroll. Flower Mound Marcus finished 11th at 609.
In the girls’ event, Lake Travis made it a clean sweep of the 5A championships, holding off district rival Austin Westlake by seven strokes. Lake Travis finished at 22-over-par 598.
Defending champion Allen tied for fourth with Coppell at 620, while Southlake Carroll was seventh (631) and Mansfield eighth (636).
The girls’ individual 5A champion was Taylor Coleman of San Antonio Johnson. Coleman’s 6-under 138 left her three strokes clear of defending champ Sierra Sims of Austin Westlake and four better than Maddie Szeryk of Allen.