In what has become a rite of spring, the Granbury Pirates qualified for their sixth consecutive trip to regionals by finishing second in the District 7-4A Tournament Wednesday and Thursday at Pecan Valley’s River Course.
Granbury Purple shot a two-day total of 618 (308-310) to take the runner-up spot by 13 shots over Aledo Orange. Aledo Black won district with a 607 (298-309).
But Granbury’s place at regionals wasn’t wrapped up until the final four holes when they pulled away from Aledo Orange. Up to that point their lead was only a handful of strokes.
“We tell them those last few holes are so important, and today they came through big,” said Granbury coach Steve Ward.
Baker white, the lone senior on the team, led Granbury with a 150 (71-79) over two days on the par-70 course. He was fifth individually.
Junior Zach Wall, the lone player from last season’s state-qualifying team, shot 153 (79-74) for sixth.
Ward said the Pirates dedicated their tournament to teammate Briggs Berry, who had a bone marrow transplant just over a month ago. Berry, a junior, was also on last season’s state team.
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District 7-4A Boys Golf Tournament
Pecan Valley River Course
Top team scores (top two qualify for regionals) – Aledo Black 298-309 = 607, Granbury Purple 308-310 = 618, Aledo Orange 315-316 = 631, Arlington Heights 1 307-330 = 637, Granbury Gold 334-351 = 685.
Granbury Purple (low four in each round comprise team total) – Baker White 71-79 = 150 (fifth overall), Zach Wall 79-74 = 153 (sixth), Davis McDuff 80-77 = 157 (eighth), Brady Wright 78-80 = 158 (tied-ninth), Luke Elliott 81-85 = 166.
Granbury Gold – Riley Summer 80-88 = 168, Harrison Knight 82-87 = 169, Blake Brown 86-84 = 170, Sam Sonderer 89-92 = 181, Anson Wilson 86-99 = 185.