By Raegan Stanley
Killeen Daily Herald
AUSTIN –The Salado Eagles put themselves in position to win a medal at the 2007 State Golf Championship at the Morris-Williams Golf Course on Monday.
Sophomore Ryan O'Rear is in the lead with a 2-under 70 after the first round. Close behind is Stuart Martin of Spearman with a 71.
O'Rear and Stuart, despite the distance between their hometowns, each take lessons from Ray Lamb, owner of Heart of Texas Golf Academy in Waco.
"He's a great guy to play with, a lot of fun to play with," O'Rear said of Martin. "He's a great player and it got pretty competitive out there."
"They're playing against each other and not the against the golf course which is good because they don't let the big picture take over," Lamb said.
O'Rear birdied Nos. 11, 15 and 17 yet said his round was "pretty boring."
The Eagles as a team are sitting in third with a team total of 315, two strokes behind Callisburg and are trailing last year's champions Edgewood, by 10.
"We had a decent first day," coach Bobby Peschel said. "I'm a little disappointed, I thought we might be sitting in second place. We've got to have a real good day tomorrow.
"If you're wishing, you would sure like for five guys to come up with career rounds tomorrow and then it would get real interesting."
Contributing to the Eagles' total were Jared Hahn (79), Clint Permenter (82), Tom Baine (84) and Tyler Pines (86).
"It could have been worse and it could have been better," Baine said. "I got off to a bad start. I snap hooked my first drive and that's never good but, I was six over through the first four but I got it back and was just seven over through the turn."
The Lady Eagles are currently sixth after a first-round total of 396.
Sarah Dowell led the Lady Eagles after shooting an 85. Katie Harris (90), Haley Kemp (94) and Stephanie Hoernis (127) are also on the Lady Eagles' team.
Harris won the Region IV tournament after shooting 82-79 and was disappointed after Monday's round.
"It was awful," Harris said. " I had a lot of problems with my short game. My driver was right on but my short game was absolutely awful."
Hoernis said she was pleased with her score.
"I feel ok because that ties my best score. I've only been playing three months so I can justify that," Hoernis said.
Wall leads the girls' team competition with a total of 332 after the first day of play.
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