Golfers shine at district tournament

Shaun Lal

 Boys’ and girls’ varsity golf finished off their regular season just as they finished seven of their 13 tournaments this year, first place. 

The Cinco Ranch golf team won the KatyI.S.D. Varsity District Tournament at River Ridge Golf Club on Friday-Saturday, April 5-6. 

The boys concluded their first day tied with Memorial at 300 strokes, but on the second day they shone with a team score of 301, a full 11 strokes higher then second place Memorial. Taylor also claimed a medal with a third place finish at 308-309. 

Individually, the boys dominated the boards with first place freshman Connor Black (71-73) and second place senior Scott Newell (73-73). Other boys’ scores include: sophomore Matt McClung (79-81), freshman Michael Cotton (79-82), junior Dylan Reynolds (77-80), and seniors Jake Leatherwood (81-75), Jack Lee (79-80), and Zack Kim (82-81). 

Despite the boys’ top-two finishes, the girls actually stole the show with a record breaking performance from junior Abby Newton and the rest of the team. 

“The raw talent is definitely Connor and Abby. Those two are so dedicated and are so tournament savvy. They play all over the country,” head coach Richard Nordstrom said. “Connor has now won six tournaments out of six he has played in for his high school career. That is unbelievable.” 

The entire girls’ squad broke the Cinco Ranch record by six strokes with a team score of 302. Newton, however, broke the River Ridge course record with a score of 64—and then a second day score of 73— making her the only Cougar girl in school history to win first place individually. Other girls’ scores include: freshman Kennedy Ishee (79-85), and juniors Megan Webster (80-86), Kirsten Hensley (79-89), and Morgan Galloway (89-96). Their district championship is their fourth in the past five years. 

“I played well; I feel really good about it,” Black said. “We all played well.” 

Next on the tee is the regional tournament on Monday-Tuesday, April 18-19, at Eagle Pointe Golf Club.