Last week, Ashton Gores shot the only sub-90 score in a regional qualifier.

Last week, Ashton Gores shot the only sub-90 score in a regional qualifier.

This time, it’s one of two sub-80 scores in a regional.

Wonder how the Plainview sophomore’s state tournament will go.

Gores won the individual title Tuesday with a 75, leading Plainview to a second-place team finish in the Class 3A Region B tournament at Lakeview Golf Course. Pauls Valley, led by Lindsey Lunceford’s 79, shot a 353 to win the team title, three strokes better than Plainview.

Gores shot even-par on the back nine holes after shooting 4-over on the front nine.  She finished her round with two birdies.

“She’s been working real hard at her game and her chipping and putting,” Plainview coach Andy Bloodworth. “That’s making a big difference.”

Gores improved by 11 strokes from her victory in the April 21 regional qualifier at Lake Murray.

Brittney Walker shot an 85, Karin Cockran a 97 and Payton Ellis a 99 to finish Plainview’s scoring. Shea Wells shot a 128 for the Indians as well.
Lone Grove was third as a team with a 361, led by Brooklyn Taliaferro’s season-low 86.

“I wasn’t expecting her to go below 90,” Lone Grove coach Buck Chatham said. “She’s capable of going 90. I watched her, and she started out good. … She settled in there and played.”

Taliaferro’s score was a pleasant surprise to Chatham. She’s the No. 5 player on the Longhorns’ lineup and she started out the season shooting in the 100s, the coach said.

Plainview, Pauls Valley and Lone Grove were three of six teams to have four scorers avoid shooting 100 or more. Katelyn Moon and Katelyn Snipes-Cohee each shot 91 and Brooke Ford scored a 93 for the Longhorns. But as a team, Lone Grove shot 32 strokes better than it did in the qualifier.

Bloodworth had an idea Pauls Valley would be the team to beat, and the Indians nearly caught the Panthers.

“Unfortunately for us, we had some three-putts,” Bloodworth said. “If we eliminate some of those, we’re regional champs.”

But the Indians and Longhorns can still be state champs. The top six teams and top six individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the May 5-6 state tourney at Cimarron Trails in Perkins. The state tourney is 36 holes.

“I think, come state, it’s going to be interesting,” Bloodworth said. “I think four, five or six teams have a legitimate shot at winning it.”