Indians place seventh at golf regional

The Lipan Indians finished seventh in the Class A Region II Boys Golf Tournament at Baird Tuesday.

The Indians were in second place after an opening-round 346, but slipped after finishing with a 362 in the second round for a 708 total.

Hamlin won with a 680 (352-328), followed by Bronte with a 687 (344-343). Both qualified for state May 3-4 in Austin.

“We played two days about as good as we could,” said Lipan coach Cody Chandler, whose team has won its district three times in four seasons.

“Since I’ve been here (seven seasons) that’s the best team we’ve had.”

Sophomore Trevor Hedeman led the Indians, shooting 166 (82-84), followed by junior Colby Clinton at 169 (82-87). Junior Ben Ward posted a 178 (85-93) and sophomore Hunter Hightower shot 195 (97-98).

Unlike most teams, the Indians counted all four scores. Most teams have a fifth player, so the highest score of the group can be dropped from each round.

“We’re hoping somebody will come up from eighth grade, but in some ways it’s good to keep all scores,” said Chandler. “They have to battle through.

“We’re excited about next season and having all four of these guys back. They’re used to winning. They’re mentally tough.”