The Westlake Boys posted a team total of 286, six over par, to grab a four stroke lead over The Woodlands and five strokes ahead ahead of archrival Mansfield. Mathhew Perrinne lead the Chaps with an even par 70, followed by Straton Nolen and Wehman Hopke with 71 each and Charles Neel White with 74.
Perrine, who plays in the #2 slot on the team, shown here on the left, lamented a poor lie in a divot to teammate Wehman Hopke after the round. Hopke, who plays in the #5 spot and will be playing for Furman University next year, came up large with his 71. Stratton Nolen, who plays in the #1 spot and who will be playing for the Oklahoma State Cowboys next year, turned in a solid performance with one over 71.
Hopke indicated that the course was in good shape and the greens were putting well at a medium pace. The wind was in the 15 mph range and did present some challenges to the players on holes that were exposed to the wind.
Coach Callan Nokes, shown here watching play on the 18th, said his team played a wonderful front nine but struggled some on the back. All in all, the Chaps came away from the first day's play with a four stroke lead. It could prove to be the difference in the race to the title.
The Woodlands and Mansfield have been strong contenders throughout the year in District and Regional play and will be a test in tomorrows final round if Westlake manages to capture the title.
See the Boys 5A team results here.
See photos of the day's play here.
5A Girls Competiton
The Westlake Girls team posted 302 to trail the leader Allen by 14, who posted 288 at the par 70 Onion Creek Country Club. Sierra Sims posted a three under par 67, followed by her sister Mariana Sims with 75, Claire Wooldridge with 79 and Christine Campbell with 81. Sierra Sims is in second place individually behind Mattie Szeryk of Allen, who fired a four under par 66.
See the full field scores here.