The Coyotes are playing on sacred golf ground Wednesday and Thursday.
The Region IV-4A golf tournament is at Pecan Valley Golf Club in San Antonio, Pecan Valley is one of the oldest and most storied golf courses in Texas. It was the site of the 50th PGA?Championship where Julius Boros edged golf legend Arnold Palmer on the 18th hole. The course also hosted the Texas Open in 1967, 1969 and 1970.
To place in the regional tournament, Alice’s golfers will have to put up scores worthy of the course, Alice coach Adan Canales said.
Par on the course is 72 and traditionally the top golfers in the tournament, who move on to the state championship, turn in scores around par.
“It’s a tough course,” he said. “It’ll take a good score in the low 70s to win it. I?think just to place, you’re looking at a low 70.”
The Coyotes are competing in the regional tournament after placing second in the team standings at the District 31-4A tournament at Gabe Lozano Sr. Golf Course. Led by Juan Gonzalez, the Coyotes were second behind first-place Corpus Christi?Ray.
Gonzalez was fourth individually at the 31-4A tournament with scores of 76 and 89. He was part of Alice’s 2010 team which also qualified to regionals. He finished both days of the tournament in the 70s.
“I think Juan has a very good opportunity to play well on this course,” Canales said. “He played very well here last year and hopefully he can do it again this year.”
Reuben Lopez followed Gonzalez at the district tournament with a score of 90 on the first day and 92 on the second. Ron Garza turned in Alice’s third-best total. He shot a score of 94 on both days.
Alice’s golfers played a practice round on the Pecan Valley course Tuesday afternoon and tee-off Wednesday morning for the first round of the regional tournament.