Belton senior Jordan Sniggs walked off the 18th green and melted. Her final putt at the Region II-5A meet was the final putt of her high school career.The emotion overwhelmed her. But the senior goes out enveloped by the Belton Lady Tigers’ success this season.

After shooting a 90 on Day 2 at the Region II-5A girls golf meet Thursday at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, Sniggs shot a team-best 178 at the two-day tournament in Waco and led Belton to a ninth-place overall finish to go along with the Lady Tigers’ first district championship since 2006.

“She’s been a great team leader for us,” first-year Belton girls golf coach Lauren Sanders said. “Just a huge, solid rock for us. She was kind of a mentor for the team and the girls looked up to her because she was always positive with our scores.

“This being my first year, she helped me, too, letting me know about other teams and other golfers. She’s just been great, I’m going to miss that.”The Lady Tigers shot a 365 on Thursday, a day after shooting a team-best 366 on the course on Wednesday, to finish with a two-day 731.

“Our goal was to finish in the top-10 and we accomplished that,” Sanders said. “The back nine really beat the girls up all season ... they all improved on the back nine today.”Also in Waco, Tiger freshman Andrew Paysse shot a 74 and is tied with four others in 10th for the Belton boys after the first day of the Region II-5A boys meet at Twin Rivers Golf Course.

Behind Paysse’s 74 and sophomore Zach Plunk’s 78, the Tigers are sixth after a Day 1 312.Austin Westlake’s II team leads the field with a 288 with Lufkin sitting second, eight strokes back with its 296. Dallas Jesuit’s Jordan Spieth shot an 8-under-par 64 to lead everybody, but Lufkin’s Will Griffin is second, just four strokes back.

With three freshmen and two sophomores, Belton boys coach Jim Hellums said he was fairly pleased with the team’s first day.

“If we’d played our best, I don’t think we’d be ahead of Lufkin or Westlake,” Hellums said. “With that said, the primary difference between us and those teams is they’re experienced, senior-laded teams. I think the kids are doing a great job. For our first region appearance in several years, I think I had some freshmen that were kind of scared.”

Freshman Preston Parker and sophomore Nick Ratliff both shot 80s and Kyle Revis shot an 85. Harker Heights freshman Logan Fox struggled on the first day, shooting an 87.

For the Lady Tigers, Alessa Gonzales shaved five strokes off her Day 1 score to shoot an 87, her first sub-90 score this season, and a two-day 179 to finish tied 43rd overall, one shot and one place behind Sniggs, who finished 42nd. Kyler Tormey finished tied for 49th after her two-day 183. Kimberlie Sniggs shot a 191 and Codie Robinson shot a 196 also for Belton.

Austin Westlakes’ Sierra Sims shot a 142 and Mariana Sims shot a 144 to finish first and second, respectively. Westlake, which is the defending 5A state champion, won the meet with a 599, 22 strokes ahead of Conroe The Woodlands, which finished third at the state meet last year.

Round Rock Westwood’s Christine Lin (73-72-145) placed third and Del Valle’s Elena Warren (75-76-151) grabbed the region’s two individual state qualifications.



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