Guy Dean is happy.

His players? Not so much.

Despite sitting atop both the boys and girls leaderboards following the first day of the District 8-3A golf tournament, Gatesville’s head coach admitted not all of his players are pleased with their performances Friday at the Llano River Golf Course.

“They get disappointed because they missed a putt or didn’t make a shot,” Dean said. “When you get to this level, they have very high standards. Sometimes they are not even pleased with a good round, but I was very pleased.”

Led by Kristen Smithhart and Lauren Davis, who finished with scores of 76 and 77, respectively, the Lady Hornets produced a 314 team total, giving them a 26-stroke lead over second-place Lampasas. Chelsy Tobin’s 80 and Katy Colson’s 81 rounded out Gatesville’s scoring.

The Lady Badgers were paced by Morgan Rogers’ field-low 73 as Lampasas finished with a 340. Kena Cox (81) and Abbie Carson (86) both shot in the 80s, while Sadie Sappington posted a 100.

On the boys’ side, Gatesville shot a 294 and holds a five-stroke lead over Lampasas. Ryan Phillips shot a 72 to lead the way while Zane Washburn (73), Brantley Cole (74) and Bryce Cole (75) each finished within three strokes of each other, leaving Hunter Dean’s 77 to be dropped from the scorecard.

“When you throw out a 77, that is a pretty good team right there,” Dean said.

Talon Wright and Blake January posted identical rounds of 74 to lead the Badgers, who shot a 299. Blake Graham finished with a 75 and Byler Lindeman shot a 76. The second and final round of the district tournament will be played Monday at Brownwood.

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