That 50 percent chance of rain turned into 100 percent at Stone Creek Golf Club in Sherman on Monday, reducing the 2017 District 10-3A golf tournament to a nine-hole event.
Although a couple of the boys’ teams completed 18 holes, most schools were about halfway through the back nine when the rains came.
The deluge was enough to prevent completion of the full round, so the decision was made to use the completed nine-holes on each scorecard.
The Van Alstyne boys had two teams entered and they finished first and second, both earning trips to the regional meet.
The Lady Bulldogs shot a 190 to win the girls’ title and earn the schools’ eighth consecutive trip to the regional meet.
Junior Meradith Ross fired a 42 to pace the Lady Bulldogs, highlighted with a birdie on the 12th hole.
“I hit a driver, then my nine wood to the green and I was fortunate enough to roll in a pretty long putt for my birdie,” Ross said.
Junior Charlsee Carter finished with a 44 and seniors Peyton Groves and Anna Counts each carded a 52 for the day. Freshman Molly Wilson had a 59.
The Howe boys’ team, a young team just learning the game, shot a 246 in the contest.
Alex Kellum and Branden Monroe each had a 59 or their card, while Jackson Wilson and Cody Brussow finished with 64’s.
Logan Elvington, the fifth member of the team, came in with a 66.
It was a clean sweep for the two Van Alstyne boys’ teams entered in the district meet.
Van Alstyne team No. 1 paced by the 40 carded by sophomore Nathan Cuthbertson, finished with a 167. That was 35 strokes better than the Panthers’ No. 2 squad, which finished second with a 202.
Cuthbertson just missed on a couple of putts early, keeping him away from a round in the 30s.
“I didn’t get good reads on the first couple of holes, I thought they rolled a little inconsistent,” Cuthbertson said.
Freshman Doak McDonald, who came in with a 45, found the greens not so receptive to mid-iron shots.
“I don’t think the greens were holding shots as well as they had in the past,” McDonald said.
Senior Cage Sawyers and sophomore Brock Powers each fired a 41 over the opening nine, and officials went to their complete scorecard to award Powers the second spot among individual players.
The Region II golf tournament will be contested on April 24 and 25 — 36 holes at the Peach Tree and Oakhurst courses in Bullard, Texas.
The girls’ teams will tee it up at Peach Tree, a 5,800 yard track that is mostly open and is the easier of the two courses at this club.
Oakhurst, site of the boys’ rounds, is just more than 6,800 yards and has water in play on 11 of the 18 holes.
This will be Cuthbertson and Sawyers’ second trip to the regionals, and they advanced to Austin from this site last season.