Elks Farnell, Spartans qualify for regional golf tournament
For the second consecutive year, Burleson’s Pierson Farnell is headed back to the Class 5A boys regional golf tournament. Joining Farnell at regionals will be Centennial sophomore Corbin Franco.
Farnell fired a two-day 149 at Glen Rose’s Squaw Valley Golf Course to finish fourth overall. Franco finished sixth with a two-day total of 152.
“I am excited to see how Pierson responds in the regional tournament after playing at regionals last year as well,” Burleson coach Ted Tomchesson said.
Granbury’s Purple squad swept the top three medalist spots. Jay Holbrook won the district title after shooting a 139. Ryan Ziegler carded a 145 to finish second and Dustin Anderson shot a 148 to place third.
Granbury’s Purple team captured the district title with a two-day total of 577. Granbury’s Gold team was second with a combined 616. Those two teams will play at the regional championships April 23-24 at Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club.
Centennial finished third after tallying a two-day 635 and Burleson was fourth with a 652.
“The boys played a great first round,” Centennial coach Matt Dunn said. “The 305 they shot is our lowest team score in four years. Unfortunately Granbury shot its lowest round of the year as well. The second day played very difficult with strong gusty winds all day the scores went up for everyone.”
Franco’s other four teammates finished in the top 20. Moriah Kunz shot a 159 to place 12th. Tyler Everts carded a 164 to finish 16th. Lester McCarty fired a 165 to place 17th and Vic Torres placed 19th after shooting a 168.
The Spartans had three individual medalist. Jacob Stuckey placed 21th with a 170. Leyton McGarity shot a 178 to finish 30th and Connor Meek fired a 188 to place 35th.
“I had several boys (Franco, Everts, Stuckey) shoot their career best at district,” Dunn said. “We have all returning except Torres next year so we are going to continue to work and improve for next year and will see the fruits of playing a freshman and five sophomores all year on varsity.”
Burleson’s Chase Scott shot a 159 to place 12th. Chris Choi and Spencer Daniel each fired 172’s to finish 23rd and Cole Smith carded a 192 to place 38th.
“The 316 we shot on the first day was our low total for the year.” Tomchesson said. “It put us within striking distance for the second day. We just didn’t take advantage of the opportunity. I thought the seniors responded well the second day and hopefully the golfers returning will use it as a valuable learning experience.”