Viper Golf looks to continue winning ways

Carson Field, Sports Editor

Since the school was founded in 2009, Vandegrift has been known for their successful golf program. The boys Varsity I team has won the state championship the past three seasons, and the team will attempt to win their first championship at the 6A level.

“Winning three titles in a row has been amazing,” senior Daniel Martinez said. “But 6A is a whole new level. We played some good teams last year in 5A, but the level of competition has gone up in 6A.”

Two of the other talented teams in District 13-6A are Westlake, who won their district last year, and Lake Travis, who consistently finishes in the top 10 of tournaments.

The Varsity I team has participated in three tournaments this year, and they have finished in the top three of each of them.

“Placing in the top three in our first three events this year was a good start to the season,” senior Dalton Doerr said.

Varsity I’s next tournament is on February 24-25 with the Mike Brent Invitational. The tournament, which will be played at Legacy Hills, is one of the team’s last three tournaments before the district tournament. The team was scheduled to play in the Aggie Cup in College Station last weekend, but the tournament was cancelled because of a rainout.

“The Aggie Cup getting rained out hurt our team because I feel like we could have won the tournament,” Doerr said. We were playing well until the weather became a factor, so it is disappointing.”

Martinez has been on varsity since his freshman year and has helped the team win their championships. Although he is looking forward to playing college golf at Penn State, he also wants to help the team win their fourth-consecutive state championship.

“I can’t wait to play in college, but my sights are currently set on winning our fourth state title in a row,” Martinez said. “I know we have tough competition, but there’s a legitimate chance we can do it.”