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MARBLE FALLS — For Marble Falls High School golfer Logan Clark, this moment has been a long time coming.

Clark, a junior, will make his debut at the Class 4A Region IV Tournament, which begins Wednesday and ends Thursday.

The Mustang won a playoff to finish as the third medalist at the District 25-4A Tournament last week.


Marble Falls High School golf team member Logan Clark chips up onto the green during a tournament. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton.


But he will encounter different challenges than the Mustangs have fought the previous seasons.

One is where the tournament will be played.

This year the event will be conducted at Pecan Valley Golf Club in San Antonio, not Golf Club of Texas, where it has been the previous four seasons.

"Tuesday is the practice round," head coach Lonnie Tackitt said. "We weren’t able to get in any tournaments there. So it’s very important to get a practice round."

The other challenge is the weather.

If lightning comes Tuesday, golfers will not have a chance to play the course prior to the tournament, which starts Wednesday.

"It’ll definitely be a disadvantage for them," Tackitt said.

While the Mustangs have not played the course, he did two years ago, the coach said.

And the challenges are numerous, beginning with how the course got its name.

"It’s an old course with huge pecan trees on it," the Mustangs skipper said. "There’s a creek that wanders throughout the course. It’s not a big creek, but it’s a creek. It wanders through half the holes and makes placement of the tees important."

The course has been worked on since he played it, Tackitt said, and is modern as far as greenside bunkers.

"Two years ago the sand was soft," he said. "You never know how the clubs will react to it."

The Mustangs skipper also hoped the greens will have softened since he played the course.

Meanwhile, Clark hopes to finish as one of the top two golfers who’s not on an advancing team. Tackitt said the competition is fierce.

"It’s a big field," Tackitt said. "Sixteen teams and 16 individuals. That’s 96 players."

Though the coach was not sure who would be there, he did expect to see San Antonio Alamo Heights and Corpus Christi Ray.

But he believes playing in District 25-4A also will help Clark.

"Logan competed with Lake Travis, and I know they’re one of the top teams and are expected to win," Tackitt said. "(Clark is) playing well. His confidence should be up. You hope the hot streak continues."

jfierro@thepicayune.com