The howling West Texas winds and even a mid-April snow could not stop Northwest’s Aaron Guanlao from accomplishing his goal Tuesday.
The Northwest senior shot rounds of 75 and 72 at Jerry S. Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock to win the Class 5A Region I gold medal.
“This means a lot in a region as tough as this with Mansfield and Southlake [Carroll],” Guanlao said in a phone interview Wednesday. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work. My goal was to win a state championship and this puts me in good position to do that.”
Guanlao will play in the University Interscholastic League golf championships April 28-29 at Onion Creek Club.
“It’s my first time to make it,” Guanlao said. “I’ve been to regionals four years and been working for this.”
The first round of the tournament was delayed by snow, and players took the course in less-than-ideal conditions.
“It was freezing. The wind chill was 17,” Guanlao said.
Guanlao managed to fight through the frigid weather to post one of the two 75s.
In the second round, players faced the famous West Texas winds.
“The wind was blowing 30 mph on the second day,” Guanlao said.
He posted a score of par to win the tournament by three strokes over Belton’s Matthew Lawyer.
“I’ve worked on my game and prepared for the wind,” Guanlao said. “I was putting well. I had no three-putts.”