By Nick Talbot

Harker Heights Herald

WACO - Philip Delisi had the lead almost for the entire tournament.

But, for a brief period he got a bit nervous.

Chandler Phillips cut his lead to two strokes, but with a birdie on the 16th hole at Twin Rivers Golf Club in Waco, Delisi pulled away.

As a result, Delisi, who will be a freshman at Harker Heights next year, won the Starburst 14 and under golf tournament Wednesday.

"It was windy, and I just tried to play my best," Delisi said. "Some of my putts didn't fall but overall it was pretty steady."

Delisi shot a three-day total of 215 with rounds of 69, 74, 72.

Phillips shot a 70 in the final round Wednesday, but finished two strokes back.

"I hit a three-wood into the middle of the fairway, and Chandler hooked his shot into the middle of the trees," Delisi said. "And that helped me close him out."

In the girls 17 and under division at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, Killeen's Lizeth Escobedo, who helped lead Temple Hoy Trinity to the TAPPS 2A golf title this past season, placed second.

Escobedo was six strokes behind entering the day, but with a strong finish - including a birdie on the final hole - was able to come to within three strokes of the title.

"I am just glad it is over," Escobedo said. "It was a long three days. I was able to get within two strokes of her, but then she got her rhythm again.

"I was just really happy with my finish."

Belton's Andrew Paysse finished 12th in the boys championship division, carding a three-day total of 228 (78-74-76). Behind him were Gatesville's Jake Truss (237), who finished 43rd, and Hunter Dean (286).

In the 15 and under division, Copperas Cove's Drew Dewald finished 10th with a three-day total of 234 (77-77-80).

Andrew's brother, William, took third in the 11 and under division with a 236.

The Starburst tournament had approximately 1,050 boys and girls ages 7 to 18 competing on eight courses, making it one of the largest junior golf tournament in the world.

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