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Frenship golf team No. 1 in 4A

In the newest high school golf state rankings released Thursday, the Frenship boys were sitting at No. 1 in Class 4A.

Posted: May 8, 2011 - 11:24pm  |  Updated: May 8, 2011 - 11:33pm

 

In the newest high school golf state rankings released Thursday, the Frenship boys were sitting at No. 1 in Class 4A. That was news to Tigers junior Chad Meador, though he deemed it not even worth mentioning to any of his teammates.

“I think we need to stay levelheaded and not think about being No. 1 going into state, just worry about being No. 1 after state,” he said Sunday.

There’s a reason for two-time defending regional champion Frenship to downplay the rankings. The Tigers were ranked high going into the state tournament last year and finished last among the eight teams.

Their chance to make amends is at hand with the state tournament getting under way today at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin. It’s a two-day, 36-hole event that concludes Tuesday.

Frenship coach Roger Reding, whose players tee off from 8:55 to 9:35 a.m. today, says the Tigers have “a totally different feeling” than last year and he appreciates the rankings recognition.

“I think it’s a huge compliment to these kids and the type of year they’ve had,” said Reding, who doesn’t have a senior in his top five. “Honestly, probably the depth we’ve got on this team has been our strength, I think, all year long. We’ve really got 10 or 11 players that are talented.

“I think it makes our qualifying round sometimes as competitive as our tournament rounds. They know they’ve got to perform every day while we’re qualifying and while we’re practicing. That’s been a huge help to us.”

Frenship won the Region I-4A tournament by 13 strokes three weeks ago at Diamondback in Abilene. Over those two days, the Tigers’ five produced seven of a possible 10 rounds in the 70s, and the team had to count only one round of 80.

The Tigers’ lineup in Austin will have Hank Oliver, Hunter Rawls and Meador — all top eight at regional — District 3-4A champion Jack Vanderburg and Jace Foster.

Frenship went into the regional having played two regular-season tournaments at Diamondback, and the Tigers are no strangers to Jimmy Clay either.

Reding said Frenship’s administration has given him the resources and budget to prepare the Tigers for top competition. The Tigers got to travel to Austin in the fall for the state preview tournament, and one of the stops on their spring schedule was the Aledo Invitational, which attracted the best from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“They’ve given us the ability to travel and compete against some of the best teams in the state,” Reding said. “In return, I think it’s paid dividends the last few years. I don’t think our players are intimidated and overwhelmed playing against the Southlake Carrolls and Highland Parks and (Austin) Lake Travises. That’s been a huge help to me, to be able to put them on the same courses in some tournaments, and sometimes we have to travel to do that.”

At state, five of the eight 4A teams will be the same as in 2010, including the top three of defending champion Dallas Highland Park, Austin Lake Travis and Montgomery. Frenship and Boerne Champion are the other returnees.

Lake Travis is ranked No. 2, Highland Park No. 3 and Aledo No. 5. Montgomery, whose top two lineups made it out of Region III, is No. 6.

“I know (Austin) Lake Travis has No. 1 and 2 guys who are going Division I, to Rice and Texas,” Meador said. “They’re probably just as strong a team as we are. Highland Park has a really good squad, too. If we just keep playing the way we’ve been playing the last few weeks, I think we’ll be all right.”

The state preview tournament included 16 teams from Classes 5A and 4A, and Frenship finished in the top half.

“We played pretty well there,” Meador said. “The course wasn’t as hard as we made it last year. It’s still not that hard. We need to take the experience we got from that and use it (today) and Tuesday.”

 

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UIL state golf

Here is this week’s schedule of University Interscholastic League state golf tournaments in Austin with sites and area participants.

• Class 5A: Thursday-Friday, Jimmy Clay Course. From the area: No teams or players.

• Class 4A: Today-Tuesday, Jimmy Clay Course. From the area: Frenship boys.

• Class 3A: Thursday-Friday, Roy Kizer Course. From the area: Andrews girls, Andrews boys, Emma Nunley, Snyder.

• Class 2A: Today-Tuesday, Roy Kizer Course. From the area: Tyson Turnbow, Muleshoe.

Class 1A: Today-Tuesday, Morris Williams Course. From the area: Mandy Mayo, Paducah.

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