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VICTORIA — Faith Academy senior Wyatt Stewart captured the third medalist honors at the South Regional Golf Tournament Monday.

Stewart’s score of 81 means he is now a state qualifier.

Coach Rob Stewart said he could tell his son was going to have a good tournament.

PHOTO 1: Faith Academy senior golf Wyatt Stewart with his medal signifying finishing as the third medalist at the South Regional Golf Tournament of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. Courtesy photos

PHOTO 2: Faith Academy senior golfer Wyatt Stewart tees off on the No. 1 hole of the Colony Creek Country Club, the site of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class 2A South Regional Golf Tournament.

"He played a practice round the day before and shot a 76 and putted well," the coach said. "He went in very focused."

Wyatt Stewart had nine birdie putts inside 10 feet and didn’t make one, the coach said.

"He struck the ball well," Rob Stewart said. "The putts just didn’t fall. It was one of those days. He kept his head in the game and came in third."

The boys played from the gold tees, which are 6,261 yards.

Sophomore Beth Ann Berkman shot a 101 to finish in 11th place, one place shy of advancing to the state tournament.

Stewart credited her effort.

"I told her to relax and stay focused on the shot at hand," he said.

As an alternate, Berkman has a chance at advancing to the state tournament if someone else can’t go.

"Basically I told her to go out and have fun and play it smart," Rob Stewart said. "She hits the ball very straight. I don’t think the putts were falling for her that day."

The girls played from the white tees, are are 5,036 yards.

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools allows the top 10 low-scoring players to advance to the the state tournament.

The regional tournament was conducted at the Colony Creek Country Club.

"The course was still coming out of winter hibernation," Rob Stewart said. "The greens were very fast."

He instructed the golfers to stay in front of the pin.

"(Wyatt Stewart) was hitting the greens where he needed to," the coach said. "He just wasn’t making the putts."