BURLESON, Texas — Senior Paul Gonzalez and Waxahachie High School placed first in Friday and Saturday's Burleson Centennial Golf Tournament held at Glen Rose's Squaw Valley Golf Course.
It was the Indians' first tournament of the season.
Waxahachie's final two-day score of 600 was at least three points better than the 13 other teams on the docket — including Ellis County's Midlothian (681) and Maypearl (811) High Schools. The 5A Midlothian Panthers and 3A Maypearl Panthers finished ninth and 13th overall.
After Day 1 of the tournament, the Indians held second place behind 10-5A district rival Mansfield Legacy with the team scores of 301 and 302, respectively. Waxahachie, though, improved their scores on Saturday and pulled out a victory over the field with the help of Gonzalez, Chuckie Pinkstaff, Luke Morgan, Tobyn Hood Jett Tekell, Austin Stallcop and Luke Thomison.
While Gonzalez (71, 68) finished with the lowest two-day scores of the group, Pinkstaff (76, 70), Morgan (75, 88) and Hood (80, 79) weren't far behind. Tekell finished with scores of 90 and 81, Stallcop had 80 and 86 and Thomison closed the tournament with an 83 and an 80.
Gonzalez, a University of Texas at Arlington commit, finished both rounds under par and was awarded the tournament championship for the event.
After day 1, Paul was in a four-way tie for first. On the second all four athletes competed in the same group. Until hole No. 16, three of the four were deadlocked but on hole 17, Paul Gonzalez — battling allergies and cold weather — broke the stalemate and made a crucial hole-17 birdie and eagle on hole 18 to secure the victory.
Gonzalez finished the tournament five under par both days of the tournament.
The Indians will compete in the UTA Texas Star Tournament at 8 a.m. March 3 and 4. It will be their second tournament of the spring season.
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