The District 7-4A Boys Golf Tournament was everything Granbury coach Steve Ward thought it would be.
Well, he’d hoped his team would come out on top – and they were in position to do just that – but they still qualified for regionals again by finishing second Tuesday.
The Pirates Purple team shot 609 over two days on Pecan Valley’s River Course (309-300) near Benbrook Lake. Aledo Black won the league championship with a 607 aggregate (305-302).
Both teams will be competing Monday and Tuesday in the Region I Tournament at Diamondback Golf Course in Abilene. And Ward thinks the competition there will once again be just as close.
Because of a University Interscholastic League rule change, for the first time ever, three teams will advance from regionals to state. Granbury hasn’t been to state since finishing fourth in Austin in 2002, but had this rule been in place two years ago they would have advanced.
“It seems like both teams are peaking at the right time, and this was one heck of a tournament,” he said. “Both teams came ready to play, and we had them at the turn.”
With nine holes to play, Granbury had taken a three-stroke lead on the Bearcats. It wasn’t until Aledo’s Trevor Rice came in with a 76 that Ward and his team realized they would finish in second.
The competition for the top medalist was equally exciting. Logan Lambert of Aledo edged Granbury’s Travis Benson by a stroke, 143-144.
Each player opened with a 3-over-par 73 on Monday. Lambert followed by shooting even par the second day, and Benson was 1-over.
Both players advanced to the 4A State Tournament a year ago, with Benson finishing third, the highest individual finish ever by a Granbury boy at state.
“With a few holes to go, Travis turned to him and said, ‘It’s going to be fun,’” said Ward.
Benson, the reigning regional champion, has signed a letter-of-intent to play for the University of New Mexico next season.
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District 7-4A Boys Golf Tournament
Pecan Valley River Course, Fort Worth
Aledo Black 305-302 = 607, Granbury Purple 309-300 = 609, Aledo Orange 325-312 = 637, Arlington Heights Blue 331-311 = 642, Granbury Gold 333-330 = 663, Arlington Heights Gold 408-389 = 797, South Hills 482-455 = 937.
Logan Lambert, Aledo, 73-70 = 143; Travis Benson, Granbury, 73-71 = 144; Zach Campbell, Arlington Heights, 76-76 =152.
Other Granbury Purple scores
Austin Kinsey, 80-73 = 153; Justin Largent, 76-79 = 155; Zach Wall, 80-77 = 157; Patrick Wilson, 81-87 = 168.
Granbury Gold scores
Briggs Berry, 77-83 = 160; Baker White, 82-84 = 166; Collin McCann 94-77 = 171; Davis McDuff, 80-101 = 181; Justin Eason, 101-86 = 187.