, Port Arthur, Texas


April 8, 2013

Form holds in District 20-4A golf

WILDWOOD — PN-G’s boys and Nederland’s girls, as expected, dominated the opening round of the District 20-4A golf championships Monday at Wildwood Golf Club.

The PN-G boys, led by defending champion Braden Bailey’s two-over-par 74, shot a 305 and opened a 21-stroke lead over Nederland and the Indians’ B team. Nederland’s girls, with Felicia Sauceda’s 79 leading the way, fired a 367 to take a 36-stroke lead over PN-G.

Most of the suspense for today’s final round will be who claims the individual medalist trophies and which school grabs the second regional tournament berth on both the boys and girls side.

Nederland, which got the day’s second low round of 75 from Michael Glover, will be looking to end a three-year streak of PN-G sending both its A and B team to regionals. While the Nederland girls pretty much a lock to repeat as district champs, PN-G has a four stroke lead over LC-M for the second regional spot.

PN-G’s boys carded seven of the eight rounds under 80 in playing conditions made difficult by the wind. Lonnie LaBove, who won 20-4A medalist honors two years ago, backed Bailey’s 74 with a 76. Tyler Rawson added a 77 and Jarrod Brown a 78 to round out the Indians A team scores. Brandon Provost’s 84 didn’t count.

Brandon Soileau and Deny McDaniel led the way for PN-G’s B team with 79s. Cameron Keith added an 81 and Bryant Hardy shot an 87 to round out the top four. No. 5 man Bradley Stone had a 91.

Glover’s 75 for Nederland was backed by an 82 from Thaine Tillie, an 83 by Cole Trevino and Avery LeBlanc’s 86. Hunter Huff had an 88.

Sauceda, who was the 20-4A girls champion as both a freshman and sophomore, before LC-M’s Brooke Brasseaux grabbed the trophy last year, opened a five-stroke lead over PN-G’s Oxy Benites. Nederland’s Shelbi Vincent was third with an 86.

In addition to Sauceda’s 79 and Vincent’s 86, Nederland got a 99 from Reid Whaley and a 103 from Reagan Bodin. Carlee Smith’s 119 didn’t count.

PN-G’s scores included a 90 by Blaire Brevell, a 114 by Rallie Guidry and a 115 by Kayla Williams. Kameryn Scroggs had a 119.

Final round action at Wildwood gets underway today at 9 a.m.


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