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April 16, 2013

Sauceda battling for sport in girls 4A state tournament

PORT ARTHUR —     HUNTSVILLE — Nederland’s Felicia Sauceda shot a 78 in Monday’s opening round  of the Region 3, Class 4A girls golf championships Monday at Raven’s Nest Golf Club, a score that left her in position to earn a berth in the state tournament.

    Sauceda finished with the day’s tenth lowest round. To qualify for the state tournament, she either needs to finish as one of the tournament’s three medalists, or be in the top three not counting players on the three teams which qualify for state.

    After Monday’s round, she stood fourth among players not on the top three teams. Ahead of her were Heather Shrake of Dawson, who fired the day’s low round of 72, Nicki Oesch of George Ranch (76) and Lexi Brooks of Kingwood Park (77).

    Montgomery was the team leader at 313, and had two players tied for second with 74s. Huntsville was third at 321 and had one player in fourth at 75 and two others tied for seventh at 77. Barbers Hill was third at 326 and had a player tied for fifth with a 76.

    Nederland was seventh out of 15 teams with a total of 371. In addition to Sauceda, Shelbi Vincent shot 90, Reid Whaley had a 92 and Reagan Bodin was at 111. Hallie Hefner’s 124 did not count on the team total.

    PN-G, with a 405, was in 10th place. Blaire Brevell paced PN-G with a 89. Other scores included Oxy Benites (96), Raylie Guidry (108) and Kameryn Scroggs (112). Kayla Williams’ 122 did not count on the team total.

    LC-M’s Lauren Cox, competing as a medalist, shot at 82. Lumberton’s Jesse Barton, also playing as a medalist, had a 93. -- Bob West

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