It took longer than expected but, in the end, it was worth the wait.
High winds and heavy rains swept through the area Monday, and while the storm was relatively brief, its timing was lousy, interrupting the District 8-3A golf tournament’s final round with only a few holes remaining.
Eventually, the dark sky cleared over Burnet’s Delaware Springs Golf Course and, when it did, Lampasas picked up right where it left off, cruising to its first district championship since 2012.
As it turns out, Mother Nature was the only thing capable of slowing down the No. 2 Lady Badgers, who dominated the tournament, winning by an astonishing 110 strokes after shooting a 335 in the second round. The victory is the team’s fourth this season, giving it a top-three showing in each of its eight competitions to date.
Paced by junior Kena Cox, who won the individual championship with a two-day total of 155, the Lady Badgers posted a combined score of 654 to beat out second-place Gatesville.
Lampasas senior Morgan Rogers (76-80—156) was one stroke shy of tying her teammate atop the leaderboard, while Abbie Carson (84-84—168) finished sixth individually, and Cassondra Painter (84-91—175) rounded out the Lady Badgers’ scorecard, placing seventh overall.
Destiny Carr also shot a second-round score of 95 for the champions.
The victory propels Lampasas into the upcoming Region I-3A tournament along with the Lady Hornets, who shot a 395 in the closing round to give them a 764 total score, beating third-place Burnet by a single stroke to secure their 12th consecutive regional appearance.
Chelsy Tobin was Gatesville’s best performer, posting a second-round score of 87 to finish with a 164 total. Candace Hudson (91-88—179) and Haylee Hunt (103-109—212) each had their scores recorded both days, while Kennedie Hyde shot a 111 Tuesday to complete the Lady Hornets’ scorecard. Malorie Summers, who shot an 98 in the first round, was forced to withdraw from the final round.
A medalist, Shauna Hill posted a 105-120—225 for Gatesville.
On the boys’ side, the Badgers finished six strokes shy of matching their counterpart’s accomplishment, placing second as a team behind Llano.
After entering the second round trailing by five strokes, Lampasas could only match the Yellow Jackets’ score, shooting a 314 on Tuesday to finish with a 625.
Following two rounds, all four of the Badgers finished within five strokes of each other, all placing in the top 10.
Blake January led the squad, posting a 78-76—154 to take fourth individually, while teammates Blake Graham (77-79—156) and Brady Berry (76-80—156) tied for fifth place, and Talon Wright (80-79—159) finished 10th overall. Trent Holloman followed up his opening-round score of 85 by posting a 90.
The Badgers managed to hold off Gatesville for second place after the Hornets put together a run Monday.
Gatesville shot a 321 in the first round before delivering a 311, but the 632 total was still seven strokes behind Lampasas for the second and final regional berth.
Nevertheless, the Hornets will be sending someone to the tournament as Zane Washburn, who has competed at state in each of his first two seasons, shot a 78-74—152 to tie for second individually.
Canyon Carothers (80-79—159), Skyler Carothers (82-78—160), Bryce Cole (81-80—161) and Ryan Philips (89-83) completed Gatesville’s scorecard. The third-place finish ends a 13-year streak of consecutive regional appearances for the Hornets.
The two-day regional tournaments will be held at Lubbock’s Shadow Hills Golf Club, with the boys beginning play Monday and the girls starting next Wednesday.