GOLF: Feemster takes district lead with 1-under 71

Published 9:32 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2018

BEAUMONT — Somebody apparently forgot to tell Port Neches-Groves sophomore Timothy Feemster how tough the conditions were Wednesday in the opening round of the District 22-5A golf tournament at Brentwood Country Club.

Playing on a course lengthened by nearly 2 inches of rain, and battling chilly winds that gusted over 25 miles per hour, Feemster shot a remarkable one-under-par 71.

It was one of only two rounds under 80, and gives him a seven-stroke lead over Nederland’s Brendan Marley entering today’s final 18 holes at Babe Zaharias.

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Feemster was clearly the headliner on a day dominated by PNG’s boys and girls teams. The PNG Purple, stalking the school’s ninth consecutive boys district title, carded a team total of 316 to open a 27-shot lead over the PNG White team’s 343.

Vidor and Nederland are at 355 and 356, respectively, and will be trying to overtake PNG White for the district’s No. 2 spot at regional.

The PNG girls, meanwhile, left little doubt they will be hosting the championship trophy for the fourth straight year with a 378 total that was 42 shots clear of Nederland. Kensey Dukes led the way for PNG with an 84 and has an eight-stroke lead over teammate Weslyn Smalley and Nederland’s Kiara Rogers in the battle for medalist honors.

“It was a great day for PNG golf all the way round,” said boys coach Ricky Keyes. “I am really proud of the kids on the White team because four of them are freshmen. It would be a real feat for them to earn a trip to regional.

“As for Timothy Feemster, he’s shot lower scores, but that had to be his best competitive round considering the conditions. It was really tough out there. To shoot one-under-par was amazing.”

Feemster, who had three birdies and two bogeys, will try to hold off Marley and PNG teammate Josh Elmore, the defending district champ, to claim medalist honors. Josh Elmore, who made the turn at one over, was saddled with a double bogey and a triple bogey on the back and settled for an 80.

Chase Selman added an 82 for PNG Purple while Bryce Parsley and Victor Aponte carded 83s.

Paul Muse, the only non freshman on PNG White, and Dalton Shieds led the way for that team with 84s. Braden Broussard added an 86 and Jake Gauthier an 89.

The PNG girls, in addition to Dukes’ 84 and Smalley’s 92, got a 94 from Kassidei Hemler and a 108 from Cheyenne Tant.