Led by freshmen, the Decatur Eagles and Bridgeport Sissies cruised to the District 9-3A titles last spring on their way to state tournament appearances.
The two squads hope to use this year’s district tournament that starts Wednesday at Tanglewood Golf Resort in Pottsboro as another launching point to state. Squads tee off at 9 a.m. for the first round. The second round will be at Turtle Hill Golf Course in Muenster April 7.
After winning the 9-3A crown by 13 strokes last year as a freshman, Drew Jones is back to lead the Eagles. He posted rounds of 74 and 72 last year at district.
He’s yet to shoot those scores this spring.
“We’re excited to see if we’re going to get Drew’s A game,” said Decatur coach Fernando Escobar. “He’s yet to show his full potential this spring.”
He will be joined on the course by just two members of last year’s district-winning squad – Brenden Kerby and Cade Lamirand. Rounding out the squad will be Bryce Elder and freshman Hayden Bennett.
“Hayden’s hard work is paying off, and he’s been consistently improving,” Escobar said.
“If we stick to our gameplan, we should be all right.”
Decatur shot a 625 last year to beat second-place Bridgeport by 83 strokes. Escobar doesn’t expect similar results this year.
“We only beat Bridgeport by two strokes at Tanglewood and 16 strokes at Robson Ranch,” Escobar said. “It’s not going to be a runaway.”
Bridgeport coach Alan Green expects his Bulls squad of Ty Reed, Brayden Garrett, Blake Boyd, Brazier Talley and Austin Lennard to make a run at Decatur.
“We have a couple of guys – Ty and Blake – that are on the course all the time,” Green said. “Ty has broke 80 once this year. You hope to see them see the fruits of their labor.”
On the girls side, the Sissies are favored to repeat behind sophomore Lexi Read and freshman Brooke Irion. Read, the defending league champ and regional runner-up, has averaged 85 this spring. Irion has been even better in her first high school campaign averaging 83.
“There’s a lot of talent and potential in a freshman and sophomore,” Green said.
Remi Swensson and Ashlie Lennard complete the squad. Swensson lowered her score by 10 strokes between her last two tournaments. Green said Lennard, a new player, continues to improve each time on the course.
Decatur will have one girl in the district tournament – Kaylee Hogdon.
“She’s got a good chance to make it to regionals, if she can get her short game going,” Escobar said.