PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

April 9, 2013

Sauceda, PN-G boys dominate 20-4A golf

Bob West
The Port Arthur News

WILDWOOD — On a day when Port Neches-Groves easily won a fourth consecutive District 20-4A boys golf championship at Wildwood Golf Club, the best story had to be Nederland’s multi-sport female star Felicia Sauceda.

Sauceda, whose practice time has been extremely limited due to the fact she was leading Nederland volleyball and soccer teams into the playoffs, added an 81 to an opening 79 for a 36-hole total of 160 to easily win medal honors. It was her third individual championship in four years, and her strong play led Nederland to its second consecutive district title.

“I’ve never been around an athlete like her and I don’t think many coaches have,” said Nederland coach Rob Long.“It’s amazing how she shows up, kicks tail and move on. I’ve been in it for 21 years and have never been around a golfer as good as she is. That she can do so well as a part-time player is remarkable.”

Sauceda, who also excels in the classroom as a a full academic scholarship to Lamar underscores, said she was pleased with her play and happy to win another district championship.

“I think I played pretty good, but there’s a lot of room for improvement,” she said.“It’s satisfying to win because I haven’t been able to play or practice as much as I need in order to be my best. I’ll be working hard on my game between now and regionals”

PN-G’s boys, meanwhile, posted a second consecutive 305 for a 610 total that enabled them to win by a whopping 46 shots. The big surprise, however, was that it was Nederland and not the Indians “B” team that grabbed the second regional berth.

With Michael Glover backing up his opening day 75 with another 75, the Bulldogs edged the Indians “B” team by one stroke with a 656 total. It’s the first time in four years that PN-G won’t be taking two full teams to regionals.

PN-G sophomore Braden Bailey fired a closing 73 for a 147 to win medal honors for the second year. He and Glover were locked in a tense battle for the top spot until Bailey picked up two shots with a birdie on the par 3, 15th. Ayear ago at Bayou Din, Bailey shot 146 to win medal honors.

The Indians, who are ranked No. 4 in the state among 4A schools, and have state championship aspirations, produced six of the tournament’s seven lowest scores. Supporting Bailey on the PN-G “A” teamwere Lonnie LaBove 75-151, Tyler Rawson 79-156 and Jarrod Brown 78-156. Rawson defeated Brown in a playoff for the fourth place medal.

Two players off the PN-G “B” team — sophomore Brandon Soileau and freshman Cameron Keith — claimed regional spots as individuals. Soileau finished sixth with 79-157 and Keith was seventh with 77-158.

Nederland’s girls won their team title by an even bigger margin than the PN-G boys. With Sauceda taking medal honors by 13 strokes, the Lady Bulldogs finished at 732. That was 68 shots better than PN-G.Other Nederland scores were Shelbi Vincent 88-174, Reid Whaley 91-190 and Reagan Bodin 105-208. Vincent took the third place medal, after beating LC-M’s Lauren Cox 85-174 and Lumberton’s Jesse Barton 79-174 in a playoff.

PN-G was paced by Blaire Brevell who rebounded from a first-day 90 for an 83-173 that earned her second place in medal play. Other PN-G scores were Oxserio Benites 99-183, Rallie Guidry 105-219 and Kayla Williams 110-225.

All of Tuesday’s winners move on to the 4A regional next Wednesday and Thursday at Raven’s Nest Golf Club in Huntsville. The PN-G boys are the defending regional champions, having come from behind to beat Huntsville last year.

Listed below are final results from the District 20-4A golf tournament played Wednesday and Thursday at Bayou Din

Boys team leaders

1. PN-G “A”             305-305 — 610

2. Nederland            326-330 — 656

3. PN-G “B”            326-331 — 657

Boys medal leaders

1.  Braden Bailey, PN-G    74-73 — 147

2. Michael Glover, Ned.    75-75 — 150

3. Lonnie LaBove, PN-G    76-75 — 151

4. Tyler Rawson, PN-G    77-79 — 156

5. Jarrod Brown, PN-G    78-78 — 156

6. Brandon Soileau, PN-G    79-78 — 157

7. Cameron Keith, PN-G    81-77 — 158

Girls team leaders

1. Nederland            367-365 — 732

2. PN-G                403-397 — 800

3. LC-M                407-407 — 814

Girls medal leaders

1. Felicia Sauceda, Ned.    79-81— 160

2. Blaire Brevell, PN-G    80-83 — 173

3. Shelbi Vincent, Ned.    86-88 — 174

4. Lauren Cox, LC-M     89-85 — 174

5. Jesse Barton, Lum.    95-79 — 174

6. Oxi Benites, PN-G     84-99 — 183

Boys team scores

PN-G “A” (610)

Braden Bailey            74-73 — 147

Lonnie LaBove        76-75 — 151

Jarrod Brown            78-78 — 156

Tyler Rawson            77-79 — 156

Brandon Provost        84-87 — 171

Nederland “A” (656)

Michael Glover            75-75 — 150

Cole Trevino            83-84 — 167

Thaine Tillie            82-85 — 167

Hunter Huff            88-86 — 174

Avery LeBlanc            86-91 — 187

PN-G “B” (657)

Brandon Soileau         79-78 — 157

Cameron Keith        81-77 — 158

Deny McDaniel        79-90 — 169

Bryant Hardy            87-86 — 173

Bradley Stone            91-96 — 187

Girls team scores

Nederland “A” (732)

Felicia Sauceda        79-81 — 160

Shelbi Vincent            86-88 — 174

Reid Whaley             99-91 — 190

Reagan Bodin            103-105 — 208

Carlee Smith            119-120 _ 239

PN-G (800)

Blaire Brevell            90-83 — 173

Oxserio Benites        84-99 — 183

Rallie Guidry            114-105 — 219

Kayla Williams            115-110 — 225

Kameryn Scroggs        119-123 — 242

LC-M (814)

Lauren Cox            89-85 — 174

Kacie  Nichols            94-111 — 205

Kailey Rountree        112-104 — 216

Ashley Young            112-107 — 219

Morgan Collier         135-138 — 273