SPORTS HEADLINES

For the Eagles, it’s all about the green

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, April 6, 2013

Beginning Monday the Decatur and Bridgeport golf teams will head to the Tanglewood golf course on Lake Texoma for the first and second rounds of the District 9-3A golf tournament.

A shotgun start will get things going at 8:30 a.m. Monday and at 9 a.m. Tuesday with the second round. The boys and girls teams will go off at the same time.

Tanglewood is a 7,000-yard championship course designed by Arnold Palmer. It hosts the Pepsi Cola Invitational each spring, which brings in schools from the Big 10, the Big 12 and the Big West.

Both teams played a pre-district tournament at Tanglewood a couple of weeks ago in very frigid weather, and it will host the district and regional tournaments the next two weeks.

DEFENDING CHAMP - Decatur Dylan Rottner will look for his third district title at the District 9-3A golf tournament Monday and Tuesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

DEFENDING CHAMP – Decatur Dylan Rottner will look for his third district title at the District 9-3A golf tournament Monday and Tuesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We haven’t posted the scores that I feel we are capable of shooting yet,” Decatur coach Kyle Story said. “Considering the conditions [last time] we still had some good scores. We just have to go out there and play to the best of our ability.”

Despite the conditions Bridgeport coach Alan Green feels they were able to put together a strategy.

“We have an idea for a game-plan,” he said. “The greens were slick so we need to keep the ball below the hole.”

Defending district champion Dylan Rottner led the Eagles with a 78 that day. He will be looking for his third straight district title.

One stroke behind Rottner the last time out was Bridgeport’s Brayden Garrett, who may be peaking at just the right time.

“He has a lot of talent for the game,” Green said. “He struggled a little bit earlier this season, but he’s been working really hard on his game. He is starting to see the fruits of his labor.”

Texas commit and Decatur freshman Drew Jones will be another guy to keep an eye on. He fired an 81 last time out at Tanglewood.

With district and regionals being held at the same course, both coaches believe they have a huge edge over other teams in the state if they are fortunate enough to advance.

The top two teams and individuals will move on.

“We’ve played a pre-district tournament there and now the district tournament,” Green said. “It is an advantage. We will have a lot of familiarity with the place.”

Story agreed.

“It is an unfair advantage,” Story said. “We’ve never had a situation like this before, but it should work in our favor.”

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