Reagan, Garcia earn individual championships
WEATHERFORD — The Brownwood Lions captured their first district golf championship since 2003 on Tuesday, claiming the 7-4A title at Canyon West Golf Course, while the Brownwood Lady Lions came one stroke shy of earning their own title.
The Lions posted a 662 team total, 37 shots clear of runner-up Stephenville.
“It's an unbelievable feeling and a tribute to the guys and the hard work they put it,” said Lions golf coach David Jones. “This doesn't happen just by accident. It says a lot about their character and their work ethic.
Individually, Caden Reagan topped Jaryn Pruitt in a five-hole playoff for the district championship. Reagan shot a 71 Tuesday after an opening 75 to catch Pruitt, who posted a 72 Monday and a 74 Tuesday.
In the playoff, Reagan and Pruitt played the 18th hole three times in row – and both recorded birdies all three times. The playoff moved to the 16th, where Reagan and Pruitt both posted a bogey. On the 17th hole, Reagan notched his fourth birdie of the playoff to take the title.
“It was an unbelievable atmosphere,” Jones said. “All the teams were still there watching and just driving carts back and forth from hole to hole. It was a great, competitive playoff, and it took something special to win it with Caden making birdie on four of the holes.”
Ben Kallman added a 177 total, Ian Harris shot 193 over the 36 holes and Jay Monson turned in a 219.
On the girls side, Brownwood Lady Lions Mallory Garcia captured a district championship in much easier fashion, finishing three strokes ahead of runner-up Allee Mainord of Stephenville. Both golfers fired an opening round 82 Monday, but Garcia followed with an 80 Tuesday for a 162 total compared to Mainord's 83 and 165 composite score.
In the team standings, the Lady Lions finished with a 783 composite score — one stroke behind Glen Rose's 782 tally. Brownwood also trailed by one stroke after the first round, as both teams shot a 390 Tuesday.
Along with Garcia, Bryanna Galvan finished with a fourth place total of 188, Abbi Galvin carded a ninth-place 208, Abby Burks posted a 225 and Payton Stewart turned in a 239. Garcia, Bryanna Galvan and Abbi Galvan were awarded all-district status based on their performances.
Both the Lions and Lady Lions teams will compete in the Region I-4A golf tournament at Shadow Hill Golf Course in Lubbock April 24-25.