Lions vault to third-place finish, Lady Lions come in fifth as a team
Playing on his home turf, Brownwood Lion sophomore Jaryn Pruitt extended his lead in the final round of the 54-hole District 5-4A golf tournament to capture a second consecutive district championship.
After winning by one stroke as a freshman, Pruitt fired a closing 73 Monday at the Brownwood Country Club to post a three-round composite score of 222, good for a four-stroke victory over runner-up Jake Leatherwood of Snyder, who carded a 54-hole tally of 226. Big Spring's Nolan Otto came in third with a 228 total, while Abilene Wylie's Ethan Stewart-Duke also qualified for regionals with a 242 total.
The top two teams and two top individuals not on those teams advance to the Region I-4A tournament April 26-27 at Shadow Hills Golf Course in Lubbock, where Pruitt won the regional preview event in February.
Pruitt was two shots behind the leader Otto after a first-round 77 in Sweetwater, but grabbed a two-shot advantage over Leatherwood in Big Spring last week with a second-round 72.
As a team, the Lions vaulted from fifth place to third place in the final round, shooting a composite 323 team score — the best of any team in the field. Brownwood edged Big Spring (324) by a stroke and Snyder by two (325). Snyder went on to capture the district championship with a 959 team score followed by Big Spring with a 972. The Lions missed out on a regional berth with a 994, while Wylie carded a 995 and Sweetwater finished with a 1,059.
Along with Pruitt, Caden Reagan fired an 82 (257 total) Monday followed by Ben Kallman with an 83 (256 total), Parker Dorsett with an 85 (259 total) and Jordan Ortega with a 90 (278 total).
Competing as medalists Monday for the Lions were Bryson Wells with a round of 90, McLane Moore with a 92, Sawyer Dodds with a 98, Cade Newbern with a 100 and Quade Infinger with a 119.
Garcia misses regional berth in playoff
Brownwood Lady Lion sophomore Mallory Garcia finished in a tie for fourth place at the District 5-4A girls golf tournament, which concluded Monday at the Brownwood Country Club, but fell in a playoff to a miss a chance to compete at the Region I-4A tournament.
Garcia fired an 80 Monday — her second best round of the 54-hole tournament, one stroke off her opening 79 at Abilene's Diamondback Golf Course — which left her tied with Sweetwater's Kensi Chowning at 248. However, Chowning topped Garcia in a one-hole playoff to claim the final regional berth.
The Lady Lions finished fifth as a team with a 1,250 composite score, but posted but their best round of the tournament Monday with a 412.
Along with Garcia, Destiny Recasner carded a 106 (339 total), Maddi Murray finished with a 109 (330 total), Britlynn Britters chalked up a 117 (333 total) and Aleska Ramirez posted a 125 (363 total).
Competing as medalists for the Lady Lions Monday were Sarah Griffin with a 114, Breyle Sauseda and Delainy Garza with 115s, and Tyra Cotton with a 123.
Wylie won the district championship with a 1,074 team tally, led by individual champion Maddi Olson who finished at 210 for the tournament after Monday's round of 74. Snyder was the runner-up at 1,082, led by second-place finisher Courtney Velsaquez (241). Sweetwater was third at 1,094, while Big Spring came in fourth at 1,217 with Abbey Bryan (242) advancing.