Freshman soars as Westlake takes 8-stroke lead in Class 6A tournament


Birdie. Birdie. Birdie. Birdie. Birdie.

Westlake freshman J. Holland Humphries made a spectacular debut at the UIL state golf tournment on Monday, securing five straight birdies en route to a 5-under-par 67 on the first day of the Class 6A competition at Legacy Hills Golf Club.

Humphries led an impressive group of Chaparrals golfers who posted a combined score of 283, eight strokes ahead of Carroll High School. The tournament concludes on Tuesday.

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Vandegrift, also representing Central Texas, had a team score of 294, good for fifth place and 11 strokes back.

Westlake, the defending Class 6A champion, is confident it will win its ninth state golf tournament.

“The goal was to run away with it on the first day,” said Humphries, who had the day’s best round. Matthew Riedel of Houston Stratford is in second, one shot behind him.

Humphries left his stamp on the course with birdies on the seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th holes.

“I did pretty good today,” he said, “but I could have done even better.”

That will present a challenge for opponents who want to topple the Chaps, who recorded good scores throughout the lineup. Junior Matthew Denton shot a 70, sophomore Jackson Davenport a 71, junior Thomas Bockholt a 75 and senior Reid Davenport a 75.

Humphries said he began to play competitive golf at age 10. His best score was 9-under-par during a recreational round in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Humphries said “it took a little time” for his teammates to take him seriously. He’s still responsible for loading the water colors on the team bus.

On Monday his teammates said Humphries is among the most respected golfers on the team. He was the first Chaparral to finish his round and his 67 set a positive tone.

“I think we’re in a good position to bring it home,” said Jackson Davenport, who credited his driving for his impressive first-day score.

As for Vandegrift, Colin Slater shot a 72, Cole Sherwood a 73, Luke Dossey a 74, Jack Wehman a 75 and Baylor-bound senior Brandon Hoff an 80. Dossey, a junior, has committed to join his brother Cooper, a Baylor sophomore who led Vandegrift to three state 5A championships, in Waco after he graduates in 2019.

Individual qualifier Trey Bosco, a sophomore from Lake Travis who also has committed to Baylor, shot a 73.

Earlier this month Westake captured its 11th regional championship in 12 years. Last year the team of Denton, Bockholt, Mathew Denton, Michael Rome and Reese Ramsey defeated Plano West by seven strokes to win state.

Denton also sounded confident about Westlake repeating as 6A champion. The Chaps tee off at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday.

“We expect to win every tournament we qualify for,” said Denton, who has committed to Texas A&M. “When we’re playing well, it’s pretty hard for anybody else to beat us.”

CLASS 6A BOYS LEADERBOARD

Here’s a look at the top five teams and individuals from Monday’s first round:

Team and total

1. Westlake 283 (-5)

2. Southlake Carroll 291 (+3)

T3. Clear Springs 293 (+5)

T3. Houston Memorial 293 (+5)

5. Vandegrift 294 (+6)

Individuals

Player, school and total

1. Humphries, Westlake 67 (-5)

2. Riedel, Stratford 68 (-4)

T3. Moll, Memorial 69 (-3)

T3. Hicks, Arlington Lamar 69 (-3)

T3. Jacobs, Clear Springs 69 (-3)

T3. Cody, Plano West 69 (-3)



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