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Marble Falls, Burnet has golf district champion and runner-up

CAPTION: Marble Falls golfer Madison Deberard (left) and head coach Ricky Blackington. Courtesy photo

Two Burnet County high school golfers are advancing to the Class 4A Region III tournament after finishing as the District 24-4A first and second medalists March 28.

They are Madison Deberard of Marble Falls High School, who is the district champion, and Avery Gowin of Burnet High School, who is the district runner-up.

Deberard shot an 81-82–163.

“Marble Falls is proud to have Madison as our 24-4A district champion,” head coach Ricky Blackington said. “I started as one of her eighth grade teachers, so I am very proud of the tremendous growth Madison has had over the years.”   

Gowin and teammate Cambria Neenan each shot a two-round total of 206 and had to face each other in a sudden death play-off to determine who advances to regionals.

“With the district coaches and players all watching, the girls played the 18th hole very well with Avery winning the par five with a 10-foot putt for par,” Burnet head coach Rick Gates said. “Cambria will also attend the regional tournament as the first alternate. In addition, both girls earned first team all-district honors, which go to the top 10 players from the tournament.”

The regional tournament is April 17-18 at Bearkat Golf Course, 457 IH-45 in Huntsville.

Other Burnet team members are Grace Gates, who shot a 112-112–224, and Payton Smith, who shot a 131-114–245.

Other Marble Falls team members are Chloe Kent, who shot a 108-104–212, Carmen Turland, who shot a 121-120–241, and Olivia Caston, who shot a 150-138–288.

“They all did a fantastic job, especially on day two, fighting the cold and windy conditions,” Rick Gates said.

Both Lampasas teams advanced to regionals. Neither Burnet nor Marble Falls had five golfers, so they couldn’t earn a team score.

Blackington commended Deberard and believes she has a chance to advance to the Class 4A state tournament.

“Madison played solid golf about 75 percent of the tournament,” he said. “With some dedicated practice to tighten up the less solid parts of her game, we could see Madison post some really good scores at the regional tournament.”

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The Burnet girls golf team of Avery Gowin (left), Cambria Neenan and Grace Gates. Not pictured is Payton Smith, who left immediately after the district tournament ended for another school-related function. Courtesy photo

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