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Many of the state’s top high school golfers ran into unseasonably cold weather conditions during Monday’s opening round of the Region 2-3A Championships at Pottsboro’s Tanglewood Resort. During Tuesday’s final round, it was the icy determination of Paris senior Tanner Napier that chilled the medalist competition.
Napier, the state’s No. 1-ranked Class 3A golfer, defended his regional title by firing a 4-under par 68 to finish at an even par 144 for the 2-day event. He was the only golfer to break par during Round 2 as he won by 5 strokes over runnersup Drew Jones of Decatur and Bill Ramage of Irving North Hills.
He now advances to the ultimate prize: the Class 3A State Championships, April 28-29, at Bastrop’s Hyatt Lost Pines Golf Resort. Napier finished second at state as a junior.
Napier opened the tournament with a 4-over 76 on Monday as a cold front and gusty winds ruled Round 1. Tommy Parker of Argyle shot an opening 75 to grab a 1-stroke lead over a trio of golfers: Napier, Ramage and Jesse Campbell of Kaufman.
Under more ideal conditions Tuesday, Parker ballooned to an 80 to finish in a tie for sixth with teammate Nick Louy at 155.
Argyle held off Pleasant Grove for the team title, 626-628. North Lamar finished third at 649 to earn a trip to state.
Paris’ girls team finished in 10th place with a tw0-day total of 866. Melissa won the team chase with a 712 total, while Atlanta was second at 755. Junior Alli Ruthart fired a finishing 91 Tuesday to move into a 3-way tie for 12th in medalist play.