CANTON — Robert E. Lee is in position to return to regionals, but with a slim margin for error.
The Red Raiders combined to shoot 337 in Monday's opening round of the District 12-5A Boys Golf Championship.
That score is good enough to put Lee in third place entering Tuesday's second and final round, which is scheduled to begin teeing off at 8 a.m. at Twin Lakes Golf Course.
The top three teams now make it to regionals, a recent rule change from last year when only two teams qualified. Meaning if the standings finish this way, the Red Raiders continue their decade-plus streak of qualifying for Waco.
The Red Raiders hold a two-shot lead over fourth-place Mesquite Horn and are three shots ahead of Rockwall White.
Rockwall Orange (321) is in first with last year's runner-up, Longview Green, eyeing a similar finish after an opening-round 330.
First-year Lee coach Brian Bird expects his players to clean up the few mistakes they made Monday and finish strong.
"We just need to be a little bit better on our putts and I think (Tuesday) we are in a really good position," Bird said.
"The wind was terrible, but it is something that all of the players have to deal with.
"We just need to relax; that is been the biggest issue. We get a couple holes in and have a bad hole and that let it stick with us for two or three holes following that. The guys just need to relax, forget about that bad hole and just play."
Lee also entered play with eight consecutive district titles, but that looks to be in jeopardy with the Red Raiders trailing Rockwall Orange by 16 shots.
The Lee White team is currently in sixth position, 10 strokes behind its Red Raider teammates.
A Rockwall player also leads the tournament with Dylan Yarbrough shooting 73. Longview freshman Reed Fisher is in second place with a 74.
The top two medalist not already qualified with their team qualifies for regionals. Lee's top performer after Day 1 is Phillip White, who paced the Red Raiders White team with an 80 to sit in sixth place.
District 12-5A Boys
At Twin Lakes Golf Course, Canton
Individual Standings (Top 10) – 1, Dylan Yarbrough, Rockwall Orange, 73; 2, Reed Fisher, Longview Green, 74; T3, Cole Drennan, Rockwall-Heath Black, 77; Tyler Stout, Mesquite Horn Red, 77; Adam House, Rockwall Orange, 77; 6, Matt Hunt, Rockwall White, 80; 7, Phillip White, Robert E. Lee White, 80; T8, Carlos DeLosSantos, Rockwall Orange, 83; Tiger Douangdara, Rockwall White, 83; Zach Sampson, Robert E. Lee Red, 83.
Team Standings – 1, Rockwall Orange, 321; 2, Longview Green, 330; 3, Robert E. Lee Red, 337; 4, Mesquite Horn, 339; 5, Rockwall-Heath Black, 340; 6, Robert E. Lee White, 347; 7, Rockwall White, 360; 8, Rockwall-Heath Red, 362; 9, Mesquite Maroon, 370; 10, Longview White, 399; North Mesquite, 441; Mesquite Horn White, 449.
Rockwall Orange (321) – Dylan Yarbrough, 73; Carlos DeLosSantos, 83; Adam House, 77; Brennan Walker, 88; Chandler Rang, 93.
Longview Green (330) – Reed Fisher, 74; Tyler Vincent, 84; Tucker McGaugh, 84; Caleb McGaugh, 89; Stanley Russell, 88.
Robert E. Lee Red (337) – Will Curtis, 85; Will Pollard, 87; Zach Sampson, 83; Benjamin Harrison, 85; Ben Shoup, 84.
Rockwall-Heath Black (340) – Nick Snyder, 87; Cole Drennan, 77; Logan Thatcher, 87; Hillary Rukobo, 89; Connor Mackin, 89.
Robert E. Lee White (347) – Kylar Gee, 86; Phillip White, 81; Sam Burton, 94; Parker Freeman, 97; James Brice, 86.
Rockwall White (360) – Matt Hunt, 80; Tiger Douangdara, 83; Brandon Morris, 86; Michael Golden, 111; Will Orr, 115.
Rockwall-Heath Red (362) – Darth Dockins, 97; Sheldon Galipp, 85; Sam Bowerman, 89; Hunter Lambert, 96; Jacob Hogue, 92.
Mesquite Maroon (370) – Colby Martin, 91; Joe Romero, 93; Keenan Robbins, 86; Taylor Meyer, 100.
Longview White (399) – Chris Yu, 94; Taylor Yuen, 107; Andrew Rivera, 99; Jack Darby, 103; Bertu Van Zyl, 103.
North Mesquite (441) – Ian Kramer, 100; Ben Boggiano, 109; Kenneth Kin, 122; Michael Madden, 110; Christian Colorado, 125.
Mesquite Horn White (449) – Evan Fryar, 95; P.J. Kimberlin, 102; Gye Guilhoux, 130; Matthew Howard, 122.
Lady Raiders, Burton aim
to defend district titles
CANTON — Robert E. Lee cleaned up at last year's district golf tournament with Ellen Burton finishing as champion by 10 strokes over teammate Kerbey Kipp.
In fact, Lee captured the top 5 positions an win the team title by 151 strokes.
That is not going to happen this year, according to Lee girls coach Shirley Chandler.
"Not only is Rockwall now in this district, but Longview has come out strong this year and consistently (produce strong performances)," Chandler said.
"We haven't been in this situation before where district is going to be so competitive."
The action begins at noon today with the opening round of the 12-5A Girls Golf Championship at Twin Lakes Golf Course. The second and final round is slated for Wednesday.
The Lady Raiders are in search of their eighth consecutive district team and individual championship.
Burton, a senior, is back and ready to defend with fellow senior Kipp expected to challenge for her own title.
Also in the mix are Cadie Gaubatz from Rockwall and Lile Robinett from Longview. All four girls went 1 through 4 last month at the District 12-5A Preview round.
"Kerbey has really played consistent this year and Ellen is shooting a lot better these last two or three weeks and I really believe she will step it up (against this year's stronger district competition)," Chandler said. "At (Twin Lakes) it is just so unpredictable."
Also slated to compete for the Lee girls are: McCall Carlton, Lani McNatt, Regan Phillips, Kate Ragan and Alyssa Staples.