ROCKWALL, Texas — The high school golfing careers of Paul Gonzalez and Chuck Pinkstaff may be over, but the duo and their Indian team of five didn't end them without a fight.
And despite harsh, tournament-shaping weather conditions on day one.
Waxahachie finished as the No. 11 team in Wednesday's two-day regional golf tournament at the Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club after shooting 38 over par for a total of 674 strokes.
"Well high school golf is over for me. What an honor is has been to represent Waxahachie High School these past four years," said Gonzalez, a WHS University of Texas at Arlington commit that was named to the All-Region II Golf Team on Thursday, on his Instagram account.
Though he had five bogeys, one double bogey and one triple bogey on the front- and back-nine of the first round, he rebounded during the second. Gonzalez parred holes three through 12 and birdied holes 15 and 16 to shoot three over par on day two.
Pinkstaff, who ended the first day of play four over par and the Indians individual standings leader, parred 12 of the 18 holes, double bogeyed once and was the 19th best golfer out of more than 100 participants after finishing with 161 strokes during the two days.
He also finished tied for fifth with 22 total pars and No. 32 on the leaderboard in Par 3s, No. 16 in Par 4s and No. 22 in Par 5s.
Tobyn Hood and Luke Morgan, helped buoy Waxahachie to No. 11 after the Indians dropped from fifth to 18th place during the waning moments of the tournament's first day. Morgan found pars on holes four, five nine 11, 13 and 14 and birdied hole 16 while Hood parred on holes four, five and 12.
Luke Thomison, who finished day one 14 over par on the front nine and 11 over on the back, did not compete during the second day because of an undisclosed back injury.
Hood and Morgan finished with 187 and 172 strokes, respectively — good for No. 75 and No. 59 on the regional leaderboard. The two boys, like Thomision, are expected to return in the fall and help Waxahachie earn another regional tournament berth.
Gonzalez and Pinkstaff, who left a legacy as two of the high school's greatest golfers, will not. While each offered heartfelt thanks to current Head Coach Terry Minton, they offered a special goodbye to their first — Ronald Dale Siebert.
Siebert, who coached and mentored students in Waxahachie for 39 years and was a part of the 1992 Indians state championship football team died because of conditions due to cancer on July 28, 2015. He was also named the North Texas High School Golf Coaches Association co-Coach of the Year.
Minton, who regarded his long-time friend as a mentor, stepped in the head golfing coach role in August.
"I cannot help but be overwhelmed of how blessed I have been to be able to meet so many different and respectable people as well as mark my name in the history books of Waxahachie High School golf," Gonzalez said. "From the time I walked on the team as a young fish with Coach Siebert to now as a senior with Coach Minton, I have been mentored by some great men. Lord knows where I'll go, but I just want to say that I am proud of where I've been and what I have done."
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