Pirates get glimpse of state

The 4A State Golf Tournament is still several months away, but the Granbury Pirates are hoping they got a glimpse of the final course they will be playing in the spring.

That would mean, of course, that they reached the state tournament.

The Pirates played in the 4A State Preview on Austin’s Onion Creek course, on which the state tourney will be played. They finished eighth out of 12 teams, shooting a 611 (304-307).

Perennial state power Highland Park won with a 584.

“Our whole objective was to go down there and get a feel for the course,” said Granbury coach Steve Ward. “Onion Creek is a course you have to see a few times to get comfortable on.”

Travis Benson led Granbury with a 7-over-par 147 (73-74). Benson won a bronze medal at state last season, finishing third.

Also for Granbury, Austin Kinsey shot 148 (73-75), Justin Largent posted a 159 (84-75), Zach Wall a 162 (79-83) and Patrick Wilson a 165 (79-86).

Largent’s first round and Wilson’s second round did not count in the team total, which is comprised of the top four scores from each round.

Riley Summer played as a medalist and shot 178 (92-86).

Granbury last reached state in 2002, finishing fourth.