Early's Angerstein six back at 3A event; Blanket boys fifth, Kinkade sixth at Class A tourney

MARBLE FALLS — Midway through his first appearance in a UIL Class 4A Boys Golf State Tournament, Brownwood Lion sophomore Jaryn Pruitt owns the lead.

Pruitt, the No. 2 individual out of Region I who finished tied for fourth place at the regional tournament at Shadow Hills Golf Course in Lubbock, fired an even par round of 72 Monday at Apple Rock Golf Course at the Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Pruitt’s round was one stroke better than the 73 of defending state champion Sam Bennett from Madisonville and two shots clear of Argyle’s Luke Griggs. The competitors tied for fourth place, Fredericksburg’s Tyler Kaman and Midlothian Heritage’s Will Traylor, are five shots behind Pruitt following rounds of 77.

Pruitt already has two district championships to his credit, as well as two regional appearances, missing out on state by one stroke as a freshman. By the end of the day Tuesday, Pruitt could conclude his sophomore year as state champion.

Pruitt will tee off on his final round at 10 a.m.

CLASS 3A BOYS

AUSTIN — Thirteen golfers are within six shots of the lead, including Early’s Jake Angerstein, following the conclusion of Monday’s opening round of the UIL Class 3A Boys Golf State Tournament at Grey Rock Golf Course.

Angerstein, who finished 25th last year, is tied for 12th with Comfort’s Cooper New as both carded an opening round 78. Angerstein’s round was five strokes better than his best round at state a year ago, when he carded consecutive 83s.

Comanche’s Kasey Middleton and Brock’s Garrett Leek fired 72s and own a three-shot lead over the field heading into the last round. Georgetown Gateway’s Ethan Miller, Maypearl’s Tyler Berryhill, and Troup’s Jake Smelser are three back after carding 75s. Posting 77s, good for a tie for eighth place, were Bruceville-Eddy’s Preston McGinty, Lyford’s Jacob Serna, Merkel’s Colton Hilburn, Pottsboro’s Austyn Reily and New Diana’s Landon Oney.

Angerstein will take the course for final round action at 9:05 a.m.

CLASS A BOYS

AUSTIN — Defending state champion Luke Kinkade is eight shots back after one round, and the Blanket Tigers are fifth as a team at the midway point of the UIL Class A Boys Golf State Tournament at Lions Municipal Golf Course.

Kinkade carded an opening round 79 Monday, which leaves him in sixth place heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes. Kinkade trails tournament co-leaders Mitchell Downing and Sterling White of Happy, who fired 71s, along with John-Payton Freeman of White Deer (74), Kaleb Brown of Sulphur Bluff (75) and Cole Watkins of Eula (78).

As a team, the Tigers posted a 375 composite score, just 10 strokes behind third-place squad Motley County (365). Happy (323) leads Eula (329) by six strokes followed by Motley County, Garden City (371), Blanket and Sulphur Bluff (389).

Blake Hood chipped in a 99 for Blanket followed by Trenten Verner with a 100, Josh Schwab with a 107 and Mark Lopez with a 111.

Lopez will tee off at 8 a.m. Tuesday followed by Schwab at 8:10 a.m., Varner at 8:20 a.m., Hood at 8:30 a.m. at Kinkade at 8:40 a.m.