HARLINGEN — With a trip to the regional tournament in San Antonio hanging in the balance, the competition at the District 32-6A golf tournament was fierce during Monday’s opening round at Tony Butler Golf Course.
When the green grass finally settled after round 1, it was Brownsville Hanna that ruled the course.
On the girls’ side, sophomore sensation Julie Lucio shot a 70 to help lead the defending league champion Lady Golden Eagles to a team total 323 and take a commanding advantage over second-place Brownsville Veterans (347).
Harlingen South finished the day in third (373) behind a strong performance by Amanda Alvarez, who posted a 76. Alvarez has a good a shot at qualifying for regionals as an individual since the top two finishers not on the top two qualifying teams advance.
Los Fresnos’ Briana Garza also has a good chance at qualifying for regionals as she also posted a 76 on Monday to lead the Lady Falcons, who unfortunately head into today’s action in fifth place.
However, the individual girl to beat is Harlingen High’s Hannah Greer, who carded a 70 on Monday and is undoubtedly one of the most dominate female golfers in the Valley right now.
On the back nine, Greer hit a ball that landed behind a tree, forcing her to take a short chip shot in order to get the ball back on the fairway. Despite the obstacle, Greer composed herself and landed her next shot on the green to ultimately save par.
Meanwhile, on the boys’ side, Santiago Garcia shot an impressive 68 to help Hanna post a team total 305 and stay just ahead of second-place Harlingen High, which shot a 307.
The Cardinals were led by Dylan Martinez, who shot a 72, and Cole Chavart, who posted a 74.
Brownsville Veterans, who won the league crown last year, ended the day in third place at 321. The Chargers were led on Monday by Kevin Gomez, who shot a 79.
Harlingen South (355) and Los Fresnos (372), meanwhile, struggled to a fourth- and fifth-place finish, respectively.
Alex Pimentel led the Hawks with an 83, followed by Joel Huerta, who posted an 89, and Javier Lopez, who carded a 90.
For the Falcons, Josue Ibarra led the team with an 89, Nick Garza shot an 88 and J. Pineda finished with a 93.
Second-round action continues today at 8 a.m. at Tony Butler Golf Course.
The Region IV-6A tournament will be held this year at Republic Golf Course in San Antonio. The boys’ regional tourney gets underway April 11-12 followed by the girls on April 13-14.