By SCOTT TYLER

H-P Sports Editor



For the second straight year, the Palestine Wildcats are in position to qualify both golf teams to the regionals as the second and final round of the District 21-3A Tournament will be played Monday at Westwood Shores Golf Course in Trinity.

As expected, the Palestine “A” team comes into the second round with a big cushion after shooting a 287 in the first round.

“The course did not play real difficult last week but anytime you can shot a one under on any course, you know you have played real well,” Palestine golf coach Tommy Allison said. “And a couple of the kids were disappointed because they felt they left a couple of strokes on the course.”

Palestine’s four top golfers all posted scores in the low 70s with Joseph Totah and Jacob Taylor leading the field with 71s. Jeremy Lambright is in third place with a 72 and Steve Herrington is in fourth place with a 73.

Palestine’s fifth golfer on the “A” team — Chris Lee — shot a 97.

Palestine is looking to win its seventh straight district title and start the trek to getting back to the state tournament, which the Wildcats won last year.

“I think we are at the point in the season where we are fine tuning our game and starting to prepare to defend the state title,” Allison said. “We just need to continue playing good golf and on Monday we need to keep hitting the ball in the fairway and stay out of trouble.”

The Palestine “A” team has a 33-stroke lead over its teammates, the Palestine “B” team.

The Palestine “B” team, which shot a 320 last week, is looking to show how strong the Wildcat golf program is by making it to regionals for the second straight year.

“Our second team did a great job putting themselves in a position to get a regional berth,” Allison said. “It was nice to see a couple of our young kids step up and put up good scores.”

Austin Anderson led the “B” team with a 76 while Kyle Woodard shot an 80. Nicholas Varela and J.C. Johnson both shot an 82 and Tyler Carnes had an 83.

The Palestine “B” team leads Crockett by six strokes.

“We need to duplicate our first round if we want to get to regionals,” Allison said of his “B” team. “If we come in again at 320 we have a great chance.”

Palestine also had a medalist playing in the district tournament as Cameron Bunt shot a 96 last week.

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