Yantis golfers dominate district play

From Staff Reports

April 8, 2008 - NEW BOSTON - The Yantis Owl Blue team rolled through the competition Monday at the District 20-A golf meet held at Oak Grove Golf Course in New Boston. It was the second consecutive district crown for the Owls, coached by Michael Alphin.

The Owls, led by gold medal winner Kenny Nunez's low score of 77, had an 88-stroke lead on the second-place Yantis White team and 92 strokes over the James Bowie "A" team.

In a first for Yantis, both boy's teams qualified to go to the regional tournament April 21 and 22 at Nacogdoches.

The Lady Owls qualified for regionals with a second-place finish.

Yantis also got a third-place finish from senior Cord Burnett who shot 81. Daniel Cerretani added an 83, Darren Burgess was at 84 and Houston Tibbs notched 100. The Owls carded a 325 in the win.

The Yantis White team was led by Carl Jordan's 90 and followed by a 105 from Cory Ward, Terry Thompson's 105, Justin Hunt finished with a 114 and Jordan Davis finished with a 128 to finish at 413. Owls medalist Chandler Apel shot a 120.

Amanda McKinney paced the Lady Owls with a solid round of 102. Bailey Hunt added a 121, Shelby Allen 131 and Rachel Spurgeon 133.

"This has been a great day for Yantis golf. I am so proud of all the kids. We have a total of 14 going to region," Alphin said. "Our next goal is a regional championship and we hope to be in Austin competing for a state title. The region will be tough, but if we play to our potential, we should do just fine."

The Owls Blue team has been competing in tournaments this spring to prepare for the season.

"This is the first time we have played in tournaments prior to district. It has really helped us in our preparations for where we want to go with the program," Alphin added. "We will continue to work hard to get ready for region. I want to thank Mr. White (Kevin) our principal and the superintendent, Mr. Cowley (Harold), for their support of the program."

Athletic Director Larry Tucker is excited about the entire program at Yantis.

"We had a girl's district championship in basketball, the boy's basketball team won bi-district, boy's baseball will be in the playoffs for the third time in four years, three have advanced to area track and four are going to regional tennis," Tucker said. "And the golf team is just unbelievable. They have a great opportunity to continue in post season. To top all of that, Mr. Chip Mathews is taking 19 kids to UIL academic competition this week. We have great kids and a caring staff at Yantis. We could not have accomplished any of this, athletic or academic, without the leadership of our principal, Kevin White. Our school has really grown under his leadership in the past three years. He always backs his staff and puts the kids first."

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