MANOR — The first nine holes gave the Marble Falls High School No. 1 boys golf team confidence. The second nine dashed it away.
Now the Mustangs are in fourth place after the first round of the District 25-4A Tournament with a 332. The first round was played at Shadow Glen Country Club near Austin Tuesday.
Marble Falls No. 2 is in sixth, with a 348.
The Lady Mustangs are in fourth, with a score of 396.
Head coach Lonnie Tackitt said Marble Falls No. 1 posted a 155 in the front nine but could not sustain that.
“In the backside, we did not finish it,” he said. “Our score shot way up to 177. Now we’re in a hole, and have a long way to catch up. We started well. Normally when we start well, we do well, too.”
Lake Travis No. 1 leads with a 308 followed by Lake Travis No. 2 with a 315. Lampasas scored a 325.
Junior Logan Clark led the Mustangs with a 78 and is tied for seventh.
Junior Ethan Turner and senior Nick Steffek each shot an 84 and are tied for 17th. Junior Ben Causgrove posted an 86, and senior Matt Hering shot a 96.
“We need 18 strokes to overtake Lake Travis’ second team,” Tackitt said. “I knew we couldn’t have a bad round, and we had a bad round.”
Marble Falls No. 2 was led by junior Austin Cartwright’s 85. Sophomore Collin Smith added an 86, senior Daniel Karrasch scored an 88, and sophomore Chad Chesnut shot an 89. Junior Zack Wagner’s 106 was thrown out.
Course conditions didn’t help, either, the coach said. The greens had been irrigated.
“We just didn’t adapt,” he said. “You have to adapt to conditions. We’ve competed well in tough conditions. It was a surprise to me.”
As for the girls, Lake Travis is first after posting a 327 followed by Pflugerville Hendrickson with a 376 and Lampasas with a 396.
Senior Shea Thomas shot a 93, while freshman Tori Gomez scored a 95 for 12th and 13th overall.
Junior Brooke Grounds added a 100 and is tied for 17th, junior Abbe Kittman scored a 108 for 24th, and junior Madison Neill shot a 121 to tie for 27th.
While it seems like an impossible task, Tackitt said he can recall in 2001 the Mustangs were down by 24 shots after the first round of the district tournament.
“We were trying to get close and actually took over the lead,” he said. “That team went on to the state tournament. We came back to win district by 20 strokes.”
What will help is the Mustangs have several days before the second round, which will be played at Star Ranch in Hutto April 14. The final round will be played at Hidden Falls Golf Club, 220 Meadowlakes Drive in Meadowlakes, April 15.
“I feel good about the last round,” Tackitt said. “We have to make up ground. We’ve done it in the past.”