Gatesville’s streak is in danger.
After winning three consecutive district championships, the Lady Hornets find themselves in an unusual position heading into the final round of this year’s District 8-3A tournament — trailing.
Playing on its home course, Lampasas built a 50-stroke lead over the defending champions during the opening round as junior Kena Cox recorded a career-low score of 75 to pace the Lady Badgers, who shot 319 as a team.
Lampasas senior Morgan Rogers, who has appeared at the state tournament every year of her high school career, followed with a 76, while teammates Abbie Carson and Cassondra Painter each posted an 84, and Destiny Carr an 88.
The Lady Hornets, who finished in third place as a team at last season’s state tournament, are in a fight for second place with Burnet, sitting within two strokes of each other.
Led by Chelsy Tobin’s 77, Gatesville tallied a score of 369, narrowly keeping it in contention for its 12 consecutive appearance at the regional tournament.
The top two teams and the top two individuals who are not on qualifying squads advance. This season, the regional tournament will be held at Lubbock’s Shadow Hills Golf Course with the boys beginning the two-day event on April 14 and the girls following on April 16.
Although Tobin had a standout showing, no other Lady Hornet broke 90 with Candace Hudson and Malorie Summers shooting scores of 91 and 98, respectively, while Haylee Hunt posted a 103, and Kennedie Hyde had a 111.
Lampasas’ No. 2 team is sitting in third place with a combined score of 376. Llano follows with a 405, while Brownwood (417), Liberty Hill (468) and Burnet’s No. 2 squad (473) round out the field.
On the boys’ side, the Hornets are also in danger of being dethroned as district champions.
Last season, Gatesville won its eighth district title since 2005, but it enters today’s final round at Burnet’s Delaware Springs Golf Course sitting in third place — 15 strokes behind leader Llano.
The Hornets shot a 321 behind Zane Washburn’s team-low 78, but it was not enough to keep pace with the Yellow Jackets or the Badgers, who are situated in second place with a 311.
Lampasas sophomore Brady Berry delivered the best round of his high school career, shooting a 76, while teammates Blake Graham (77), Blake January (78) and Talon Wright (80) each finished within four strokes of each other. Trent Holloman shot an 85 to complete the Badgers’ scoring.
Three Gatesville golfers came close to joining Washburn in the 70s. Canyon Carothers, Bryce Cole and Skyler Carothers posted scores of 80, 81 and 82, respectively, while Ryan Phillips’ 89 rounded out the Hornets’ scorecard.
Burnet is currently sitting in fourth with a team score of 347 and is followed by Gatesville’s No. 2 team (349), Lampasas’ No. 2 team (350), Liberty Hill (355) and Brownwood (362).
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