AUSTIN – On a course like Grey Rock Golf Club, staying out of trouble is paramount.

Trees line most of the holes on the course, so any errant shot can become a huge problem.

Bruceville-Eddy’s Preston McGinty avoided the big mistake and combined that with a hot putter for a 1-under-par 71 and a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the Class 3A state golf tournament.

“He was putting really well today,” Bruceville-Eddy coach Scott Brothers said. “He wasn’t overshooting anything. Everything was right there by the hole.”

Four players are in a pack at 1-over, so McGinty knows he still has work to do. But Brothers said he wasn’t showing any nerves from the situation Monday night.

“We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Brothers said. “He’s a pretty level-headed kid, though. He doesn’t let a lot of stuff bother him. He just needs to play his game and not try to do anything special. We’ll take par golf if we can.”

Class 6A: In Georgetown, Midway’s Kade Miller and Daniel Seibert both shot 6-over-par 78 and are in a tie for 53rd at Legacy Hills Golf Course.

Class 4A: In Austin, Gatesville posted a 331 to sit in ninth place after the opening round at Onion Creek Golf Club, while Robinson is 11th after a 347.

Bryce Cile is in 14th place individually after a 75 to lead Gatesville, which is 31 shots behind first-place Argyle. Zane Washburn followed with an 80, while Ryan Phillips (87) and Canyon Carothers (89) also posted scores for the Hornets.

Robinson recorded three rounds in the 80s from Chase Allison with an 81, and Logan Hector and Austin Hector with an 85 and 88, respectively. Colton McCoy rounded out Robinson’s scoring with a 93.

TAPPS Class 3A: In Killeen, the Vanguard boys shot a 310 and hold a two-shot lead over Midland Trinity and Boerne Geneva at Stonetree Golf Course.

The Vikings, who have won 10 straight state championships, were led by Max Harmon and Connor Caldwell.

Both shot first-round, 2-over 74s and are a stroke out of first place.

Girls

Class 6A: In Georgetown, Midway’s Mia Ayer finished with a 6-over 78 and stands in a tie for 25th at Legacy Hills Golf Course.

Class 4A: In Austin, Gatesville’s Chelsy Tobin shot a 12-over 84 and is in 10th place at Onion Creek Golf Course.

Class 3A: In Austin, Cameron Yoe put up a 409 and is in fourth place at Grey Rock Golf Club.

The Lady Yoemen are 26 shots behind first-place Sonora and 13 out of the final medal position, held by Childress.

TAPPS Class 3A: In Killeen, the Vanguard girls are well on their way to a third straight state championship with a 50-stroke lead over the field after a 366.

Kaity Cummings shot an even-par 72 to top the Lady Vikings and lead the individual race by three shots.

Grace Gardner (88), Grace Serr (97) and Audra Atchley (108) also scored for Vanguard.

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