Plainview took two things from Tuesday’s classes 2A-3A regional qualifying tournament at Lake Murray: A team victory and the only sub-90 score of the day.


Plainview took two things from Tuesday’s classes 2A-3A regional qualifying tournament at Lake Murray: A team victory and the only sub-90 score of the day.

Sophomore Ashton Gores shot an 86 to win the individual title, helping keep the Indians on a roll going into next Tuesday’s Region B tourney at Lakeview.

“Her driving has gotten a lot better, a lot more consistent,” Plainview coach Andy Bloodworth said. “She hit some six- or seven-foot putts. She hit a few of them today.”

Brittney Walker of Plainview was second with a 93. Katelyn Snipes-Cohee of Lone Grove took third with a 94.

In team standings, Marlow came in second with a 389, and Lone Grove was third at 393.

Walker sank a 30-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole. Through her first five holes, she was 8-over par.

“That got her to where she needed to be mentally,” Bloodworth said about the birdie.

Plainview — and Gores, for that matter — shot one stroke better than in the April 8 Lake Country Conference tournament on the same course. Lone Grove shot 408 in the LCC, and Longhorns coach Buck Chatham was happy with the improvement from that score.

“Today was a good day,” he said. “(We) missed some little old putts that probably should have went. Lake Murray is probably the toughest qualifying course we could play, for my girls anyway.”

Taylor Lette shot a 96 and Katelyn Moon a 98 for Lone Grove, both girls making the top 10. Brooke Ford and Brooklyn Taliaferro tied with a 105 to finish the Longhorns’ scoring.

For Plainview, Payton Ellis and Karen Cockran each turned in a 101. Leslie Lodes shot a 128.

Bloodworth hopes the Indians can capitalize on home-course advantage next Tuesday when they seek the regional title.

“Playing on our home course will be an advantage, but we’re going to see some teams we haven’t seen all year,” he said. “Looking at other qualifiers, there are some teams that shot better on other courses than we did on ours.”