The Vandegrift boys’ golf team qualified for the regional tournament after a second-place finish at District 25-6A tournament on Thursday.
Cole Sherwood, Luke Dossey, Brandon Hoff, Jack Wehman and Colin Slater all advance to the regional tournament, which will be held on April 23-24 at The Republic golf course in San Antonio.
“We played really well (on Tuesday) and built a big lead, thank goodness,” Vandegrift golf coach Matt Wernecke said. “We didn’t play quite as sharp (on Thursday) and Westlake played well. The goal always is to win, but advancing feels good because we were left out last year.”
Sherwood and Dossey both finished in a tie for fifth place after shooting 148 over the two days. Hoff had rounds of 74-75 and finished in a tie for eighth place. Wehman shot 72-79 to finish in a tie for 11th and Slater shot 84-74 to tie for 19th.
The Vipers’ second team of Wyatt Speaks, Luke Jasinski, Prayaag Oruganti, Reid Scully and Ethan Korock combined to shoot 339-325 to take home sixth place.
Vista Ridge finished seventh as a team and was led by Zane Petty — who finished tied for 24th overall — with rounds of 84-78. Ryan Palmer finished tied for 19th to lead Leander after rounds of 84-74.
The second round of the tournament was pushed back a day because of heavy rain moving through Central Texas. A few of the early groups teed off but didn’t finish after a second delay in the afternoon.
Wernecke said that extra trip to the course didn’t affect how the team played.
The top team from Westlake combined to shoot 303 in the first round, 11 shots behind Vandegrift. But the Chaparrals shot a tournament-best 283 in the second round and had two golfers shoot under par.
“Their whole lineup is good and they played a great round of golf,” Wernecke said. “Give them credit for bouncing back after a bad round the day before.”
Between now and the regional tournament, the focus is on the short game and scoring.
“We weren’t very good on the greens,” Wernecke said. “That’s not like us. Ball striking was fine. So we’ve just got to execute better around the greens.”