Hornets finish 4th in state golf

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

AUSTIN — The Highland boys team fell just two shots short of a third-place bronze medal on Tuesday at the Class 1A golf tournament after shooting a final-round score of 383 for a 751 total at Lions Municipal Course.
Motley County overcame an 18-shot deficit Tuesday to overtake Highland for the No. 3 and final medal spot. Motley County shot 363 on Tuesday to finish at 749.
Garden City won a second straight title with a 348 on Tuesday to finish at 710 for a four-shot victory over Clyde Eula, which was the first-round leader.
Highland — making its first team appearance at the state tourney in 43 years — opened with a 368 Monday and had a 14-shot lead over fourth place Sterling City.
Highland’s top individual was Seth Garrett, who carded a 91 to finish with a 178 total and was 15th among Class 1A medalists. Also, Sam Spaulding shot a final round 98 for a 185 total; Konner Turney shot 94-191; Ruger Duniven shot 100 on Tuesday for a 197; and Ethan Peacock shot 101 for a 202 total.
“The boys are disappointed in not medaling,” coach Kyle Jeffrey said. “But they achieved a great deal and still placed fourth in the state in Class 1A. The disappointment of not returning home with a a medal and trophy should only fuel their desire to practice more and prepare better for next season so that they come home with a medal.”
With no seniors graduating, Highland will have all five players back next year.
Jeffrey said this was the first time he had coached a state team, though he had a player (Garrett Muncy) who made it to state in 2017 for Highland.
Muncy also played at the Lions Municipal Course two years ago and tied for 13th place as a boys medalist.
This year, Highland was second to Motley County at the Region II-1A tournament last month after winning its district tournament that was held April 8 at Sweetwater Country Club.
The Region II-1A tournament was held April 23 at San Angelo’s Quicksand Golf Course.