By Kevin Posival
Harker Heights Herald
At first, the shots looked good. But once Friday winds, gusting between 35 and 45 miles per hour, got a hold of them, it was anyone's guess where those once good-looking shots would land.
The winds and always-challenging Twin Rivers Golf Course made for a particularly tough second day of the Region II-5A boys golf meet.
"The wind was a factor for just about everybody," Belton boys golf coach Jim Hellums said. "You just have to be so accurate with a course like Twin Rivers and the wind made it challenging."
Belton finished sixth as a team despite posting a Day 2 score of 326, 14 strokes worse than its Day 1 312. Sophomore Zach Plunk and freshman Preston Parker both shot 81s on Friday to lead the Tigers, who came into the tournament after winning their first district title in 5A.
"I was proud of how we held it together even with our scores hanging around the 80s and 90s," Hellums said. "We had chances to fold our tent, but they stayed on track."
Freshman standout Andrew Paysse, who was tied coming into Friday with four others in 10th place, well within reach of an individual state qualification, finished in a seven-way tie at 35th with a two-day 171. After shooting a 74 on Thursday, Paysse fired an 84 to finish up his tournament.
Parker also shot a two-day 171 to tie with Paysse. Nick Ratliff posted a 164 and Kyle Revis finished with a 165 and Harker Heights freshman Logan Fox shot an 87 for the second-straight day to shoot a 174 in the tournament.
Austin Westlake II won the regional title with a two-day 586, 21 strokes better than second-place McKinney Boyd, which was third after the first day.