Strong field on tap for Lobo Invitational
Feb. 12, 2018 at 12:04 a.m.
Longview head golf coach Larry Cloninger knows that with a handful of returners paired with some youth, repeating as Lobo Invitational champions will be tough.
A large part of that is a credit to the strength of the field coming to town for the 45th annual event, set for today at Pinecrest Country Club.
"We're excited about the field coming in, and I think we have some of the top teams from East Texas coming to town," Cloninger said. "We won the tournament last year and I'm not sure we're playing well enough to repeat, but we're ready to go out and work."
Twenty schools and 22 teams overall will make up the field for the annual tournament, which will be the first event of the season for the Lobos.
"This is going to be our first go-around and we've got a good mix of youth and upperclassmen," Cloninger said. "We played pretty well in the fall, and I'm excited to see how the kids are going to play."
Longview will field two teams in the invitational with the 'Green' team comprised of sophomore Cade Bruce, senior Collin Bruce, senior Logan Spence, sophomore Kris Pechacek and senior Noah Summers.
The 'White' team will be senior Cameron Lewis, sophomore Forrest Jackson, junior Aslan Hillard and freshmen Charlie Ward and Jonas Lansford.
Freshmen Wythe Roberts and Colby Stokes along with sophomore Simon Villalobos will compete as medalists for the Lobos.
Rounding out the field will be Pine Tree, Spring Hill, Trinity School, Hallsville, New Diana, Marshall, Carthage, Lindale, Mount Pleasant, Pleasant Grove, Sulphur Springs, Whitehouse, All Saints, Troup, Bullard and Jefferson.
The Lobos will also tee up against District 11-6A opponents Rockwall, who will field two teams, Tyler Lee and John Tyler.
"Forty-five years, that's an impressive run for this event," Cloninger said. "It's going to be a packed tournament, and we're ready to go."
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