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Shawnee Allen wins state, Bears finish seventh

Shawnee Allen wins state, Bears finish seventh
Hayden Chall (l-r), Luke Moczygemba, Ricky Utt, Shawnee Allen, John Hill, and Rusty Story represent La Vernia High School at the state golf tournament in Austin. Allen won the girls individual championship, while Story, Hill, Chall, Utt, and Moczygemba combined to finish seventh in the boys team standings.

After competing in the Class 4A state golf tournament last week, La Vernia High School sophomore Shawnee Allen has proven once again to be the best in the state. While she won gold in the individual girls competition, the boys went on to finish seventh in the team standings.

Allen, along with the Bear golf team of Rusty Story, John Hill, Luke Moczygemba, Ricky Utt, and Hayden Chall competed in the state tournament April 27-28 at Onion Creek Golf Course in Austin.

In girls play, Allen shot a 78 on the first day of the competition. It was a great score, but was only good enough to put her in a tie for fourth place at the end of the first day. Hailey Burgen of Andrews was leading the way with a 72, followed by Lauren Cox at 76, and Kalli Jennings at 77. Allen was tied with Brooke Nolte of Melissa and Alexis Read of Bridgeport.

Going into the second day, however, everything changed. Allen shaved nine strokes off her game, ending the day with a 69, and finishing with a first-place score of 147 for the tournament. Burgen added four strokes to her second round, finishing the day with a 76, and finishing the tournament with a 148 one stroke behind Allen in second place. Cox shot another 76 to finish third, while Jennings shot another 77 for a fourth-place finish.

On the boys side, Story led the Bears with a 74 on the first day of play, and a 78 on the second. His total score of 152 left him in sixth place in the individual standings. Hill finished two strokes back at 154, while Utt, Chall, and Moczygemba rounded things out for the Bears. In the end, the team finished at 670 for a seventh-place team finish. Story also drew some attention as the only tournament player to turn in a double eagle on hole No. 18 a 558-yard hole.

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