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Mustangs go first, third at Fredericksburg tourneys

MARBLE FALLS — A first and second finish for the Marble Falls High School boys and girl golf teams indicated one fact to head coach Lonnie Tackitt.

His golfers are ready for the District 25-4A Tournament.

The Mustangs won the Fredericksburg Invitational Tuesday by shooting a 320, four strokes better than second-place finisher Burnet.

Marble Falls junior Ben Causgrove was the second medalist, while teammate Logan Clark, a junior, finished third. Both shot a 75 and faced off in a three-man playoff.

“Very solid play again from Ben and Logan,” Tackitt said.

Junior Ethan Turner recorded an 84, and seniors Matt Hering and Nick Steffek shot an 86 and 88, respectively.

“Ethan said he struggled with the greens being so firm,” the coach said. “He had trouble chipping the ball close.

“I was wondering what happened to Nick,” the coach added. “He had an allergy attack. Oak pollen was in the air and got under his contacts. He said he couldn’t see for four holes. He four-putted those greens. That’s a lot of strokes he lost. The wind was blowing and caused the problem.”

Burnet’s Peyton Lawrie paced his team with a 78. Teammates Webb Walder shot an 81, while senior Spencer Thurman scored an 82, Denton Taylor added an 83 and Jesse Bell finished with an 84.

On Monday, the Lady Mustangs showed their progress at the Fredericksburg Invitational, scoring a 371 to finish second in the event.

Tackitt said the score proves one important fact for the team.

“It was the best score of the year,” he said. “It’s what you want leading into district.”

Junior Brooke Grounds led the way with an 88. She was followed by junior Shea Thomas’ 90 and freshman Tori Gomez’s 93.

“Brooke had her best tournament record ever,” the coach said. “We have three players right around 90.”

Tackitt said Thomas, who finished her best nine holes in a tournament, learned an important lesson.

“Shea had a 40 on the backside,” he said. “I don’t know what happened, but Shea got in trouble and lost a lot of strokes to par. You have to focus on the shot you’re hitting. She was real excited playing the backside.”

Abbe Kittman scored a 100.

“They still feel they could have done better,” Tackitt said. “We’re looking forward to getting into district.”

Another Marble Falls boys team competed in the Joe Balander Invitational at Jimmy Clay Golf Club in Austin March 26.

The Mustangs shot a 542 in the 27-hole event.

Leading the way was senior Daniel Karrasch 86-44–130, senior Matt Hering added an 86-47–133, junior Austin Cartwright shot a 91-45–136, junior Tony DePaoli scored a 91-52–143, and sophomore Spencer Dunavant finished with a 113-46–159.

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