ENNIS – One of the positive things that local teams can take after the first day of competition of the annual Big Boy Invitational held at the Ennis Country Club Friday is that they can look at this weekend as a district preview in preparation for next week.
In the meantime, Lakeview Centenniel leads the team category with a 300 score, followed by Mansfield (305), Rockwall No. 1 (314) and McKinney Boyd (320).
The Ennis Lions are making a push to take the tournament title with a 325, tied with Fort Worth Paschal.
McKinney North (326) and Colleyville Heritage (327) are right behind.
“Well, the team goal has always been to get to regional; it starts with playing good at these kinds of tournaments,” Ennis coach Joel Davenport said. “We know we’ll need first or second place (in district) to get there. I like what I’ve seen from the kids so far.”
Ennis is led in scoring by Colin Buckley’s 76. He was able to achieve this despite some drizzle and windy conditions.
Despite the inclement weather at times, Davenport thinks Buckley is making strides.
“He’s fixing to come out where he leads his team in this manner many times; I’m very proud of him because he’s improved a lot,” Davenport said.
The fact that Buckley and five other varsity golfers practice on this course gives them a huge advantage once district begins.
Teammate Tanner Nichols follows at 81.
Michael Taylor (83), Cody Mummert (85) and Connor Butler (95) also competed.
Medalist John Nekuza finished at 84.
Other Ellis County teams to compete were Waxahachie and Red Oak.
The Indians are ninth with a 337; Red Oak is 15 strokes behind Aledo for last place at 365.
After the first tournament day, Waxahachie is led by Connor Lawrence and Cody Sawyer, each with 83. Garin Patterson follows at 85.
Red Oak is led by Colin Willard’s 82, followed by an 88 score from Justin McCormick.
Red Oak will join Waxahachie and Ennis at the same venue for the district tournament April 2-3.