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Punchers End Golf Season in Austin
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 • Posted May 18, 2011

The Punchers traveled to the Austin last week and competed in the 61st UIL State Golf Tournament. Hard to believe, that the first UIL tournament was held back in 1949. Bernard Riviere from Houston Lamar took the individual medalist honors with a score of 148. We were tickled pink to advance to the State Meet as a team. One of my golfers stated that his hands and legs felt like Jell-O and could not stop shaking for the first four holes of play. Yes, it was something special, to be one of eight 1A schools out of the State to participate in Austin at the State Tournament. Just like the majority of tournaments we competed in this spring, we had plenty of wind to contend with. After the first round of play Mason found themselves 61 shots in back of Robert Lee. By the way, Robert Lee won State the last three years and again this year. Mason finished the first day with a score of 374. After the dust settled, we discussed some changes in our game plan for the following day. Our goal was to find eight shots each, somewhere on the golf course; we could give back on the second day. When the second days play ended we did manage to improve our standing by 21 shots over the first days play and we increased our lead over Flatonia by 38 strokes. Flatonia was the first place team in our Region.Robert Lee 626Seymour 660Cross Roads 688Martin’s Mills 689Quanah 691Canadian 693Mason 727Flatonia 765AJ Martinez placed 17th, Jeffrey Williams tied for 24th, Matt Hyden placed 40th, Tyler Chew placed 46th and Travis Schovajsa placed 47th. We will be losing four seniors this year; Tyler Chew will be attending Val Verti EMT training in Spring Branch, Matt Hyden will be attending Texas Tech, AJ Martinez will be doing our country proud in the armed serves and Jenny Smith will be attending Southwestern in Georgetown. They will be greatly missed, expressly that little blonde girl. Good luck to you all!

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