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FALL SPORTS PREVIEW 2013: Marble Falls golf

The 2013-2014 Marble Falls High School golf team includes Corey Oppenheim (front row, left), Shelcee Clark, Sam Offutt, Delaney Kelley, Breanna Heinzke and Chloe Parnell; assistant coach Wayne Neely, Thomas Winters, Christian Hunick, Ben Mezger, Jack Scott, Peyton Fishbeck, Blaire Hambrick, Hunter McNeese, Alan Mezger and head coach Lonnie Tackitt. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

TEAM: Marble Falls High School golf

HEAD COACH: Lonnie TackittDISTRICT: 25-4A

2012 RESULT: Girls were 4th at the district tournament; boys were 7th

RETURNERS: Jack Scott, Ben Mezger, Michael Wooten, Taylor Tackitt, Hunter McNeese, Thomas Winters, Christian Hunick; Brianna Heinzke, Blaire Hambrick, Sam Offutt, Kelsie Tackitt, Peyton Fishbeck, Shelcee Clark, Chloe Parnell

NEWCOMERS: Chris Gregg, Alan Mezger, Delaney Kelley, Corey Oppenheim

Look for previews of high school football, volleyball and cross country in The Picayune on Aug. 28 and on DailyTrib.com in the coming days

OUTLOOK: Scott, last season’s team Most Valuable Player, returns and has been the low scorer for the Mustangs for two years. He spent a lot of time on the links, Tackitt said, as well as Ben Mezger and Wooten.

“We’re looking to have a solid year,” Tackitt said. “Having Thomas come back will solidify our team. We’re looking to him to make the whole team work harder.”

Winters spent time concentrating on his game away from the Marble Falls program. Alan Mezger finished fifth at the West Texas Junior Tour Championship. His challenge, Tackitt said, is that competing on the varsity level means playing on longer courses.

“He’s going to give those seniors a push, which would be good,” he said.

Cedar Park and Leander Vandegrift, which finished second and third at the Class 4A state tournament last year, are expected to set the pace at the district tournament.

The Lady Mustangs lost their top two golfers from a record-breaking year with a winning percentage of 66 percent. Their team tournament score of 748 overall ranks second in program history.

“Losing your No. 1 and No. 2 (players) is tough,” Tackitt said. “We’re looking to make some big improvements to be competitive. It’s a hard-working group that has a shot. All six are varsity returners. They did a great job, so we’re looking for that to continue.”

Three freshmen, who are playing volleyball, will join the team later. Tackitt said the fall schedule will not start before October.

The Cedar Park and Vandegrift girls teams, which finished third and fifth at state, should be strong again. “The girls shot in the 80s this summer,” Tackitt said of his golfers. “They’re showing improvements. If they can do that in tournaments, it’s what we need.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com