JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
SAN ANTONIO — The Marble Falls High School girls golf team finished sixth overall with a 351-353–704 at the Class 5A Region IV tournament April 15-16.
The Lady Mustangs broke their own record by two strokes for 36 holes, which they set the previous week at the District 25-5A tournament.
Blaire Hambrick (tied for 21st) shot a 80-88-168, while Kelsie Tackitt (29) added a 94-84–178 and Delaney Kelley (tied for 30th) shot an 86-93–179. Sam Offut (tied for 35th) had a 91-89–180, and Shelcee Clark (41st) finished with a 96-92–188.
Marble Falls head coach Lonnie Tackitt said the Lady Mustangs were fifth at one point, only to drop back to sixth.
“We ended up shooting a couple of points higher,” he said. “It was a good experience for them. We got to see what we need to shoot, to see what it takes for the underclassmen to get to the state tournament.”
A day earlier, Thomas Winters finished tied for 16th overall with a 75-78–153 in the boys regional tournament. At one point, Winters was 13th overall.
“That’s how strong the field was,” Tackitt said. “He played really solid golf. Thomas hit the ball really well. He kept sending birdie putts that would catch the lip and spin out.”
The No. 8 hole was especially difficult. Winters suffered a quadruple bogey, but Tackitt credited the senior for not allowing that to dictate the rest of his round.
“It happens to everybody who plays golf,” the coach said. “It took a lot to get on the greens. You can’t have those kind of holes and stay ahead. Even with going to 78, he dropped three spots. I told him he had an incredible season, the best one for the boys in a long time.”
Golfers found themselves having to adjust to the greens at The Republic Golf Club in San Antonio, Tackitt said.
“They were so much slower than we competed on in district,” he said. “The course was really wet. That made it play longer.”