By Alex Byington
Harker Heights Herald
WACO - The 40 mph winds have died down a bit, but that didn't mean Belton was going to let up any.
Improving on their Day 1 performance by 13 strokes, the Belton Tigers rolled to the district golf championship, beating runner-up Bryan by 11 strokes overall (647-658) in the District 12-5A tournament Tuesday at Twin Rivers Golf Club in Waco.
"It was a survival test yesterday in that wind, ... (and) I told the kids that if we went out there and basically survived with a 325, we're going to have a nice lead," Belton golf coach Jim Hellums said. "Today we got back closer to what we normally do - we still made a few mistakes - but we got back on track today."
The top two teams and top two individuals not associated with them will return to Twin Rivers in two weeks for the Region II-5A tournament April 21-22. The District 12-5A girls golf meet is today and Thursday at Waco's Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.
"With this group of young kids, it's just nice to be going," Hellums said of region. "If we get hot, these kids can play if everybody's on the same page."
Setting the pace for Belton was individual runner-up Andrew Paysse, who finished with a two-day total of 154 (75-79), ahead of teammates Nick Ratliff (161), Preston Parker (165), Zach Plunk (174) and Travis Hites (177).
Despite a fourth-place finish as a team, finishing behind defending champion A&M Consolidated, Harker Heights will send talented freshman Logan Fox to Region as the second medalist and sixth overall individual with a two-day total 163 (79-84).
"I was pleased with his play," Heights golf coach David Westfall said of Fox. "He didn't get down on himself or let his emotions get the best of him, so he was able to hold it off and still be able to go on."