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The Chaparrals crest toward a state championship is on an upswing.
Matthew Perrine outshot the field by five strokes to lead the Westlake boys golf team to another district championship Tuesday at the Roy Kizer Golf Course, with Stratton Nolen and Andy Germann joining Perrine in the top 10.
Westlake shot a two-day 298-287=585 to best second-place Lake Travis by three strokes, with top-10 squad Austin High finishing third at 605. Only the two top teams move on to the Region 2-5A tournament, but three teams from regionals will move on to the state championships.
“The guys played really well, it was a good start to the postseason,” Westlake boys golf coach Callan Nokes said. “Us and Lake Travis are pretty evenly matched; we’ve been going back and forth all year. I was concerned with Austin High because they’ve shown flashes and been ranked top-10 all year. Our district is the toughest in the state with three teams in the top 10.”
Perrine shot a 72-68=140 to take first medalist over Lake Travis’ Klein Klotz (75-70=145).
Scores were high across the board on Day 1 Monday because of extreme wind and chilly conditions, but scores came back down on Day 2 with the wind tapering off. Nolen shot a 75-72 to place fourth and Germann had a 74-75 to take sixth.
“Matthew did play super solid and the other guys played well, too,” Nokes said. “Matthew’s second round was as solid a round as he could have. He had no bogeys and only one time had a four-foot par putt. He was putting for birdie all day long. If he makes some putts he could have made he could’ve shot a 64, 65 easy. There was no stress involved at all.”
With the Chaps all playing to their capability, Nokes knew his team would be heading to regionals once again. Perrine and Nolen have basically been co-No. 1’s all season, as both have an average of 71.7 this season.
Garrett Lynch shot an 80-72=152 and Tyler Gammill finished at 77-78=155 to cap the Chaps first-place finishing team.
“It was a collective effort, that helped us a lot,” Nokes said. “We had to show up and play – I knew it, the players knew it, and we showed up and got it done.”
The regional tournament is scheduled for April 14-16 at Twin Rivers Golf Course in Waco, where the Chaps are quite confident and comfortable after winning the regional title six years running.
Westlake will battle with Lake Travis, The Woodlands and McKinney Boyd for a top-three spot to gain entrance into state. The Chaps have made it to state every season since 2007, finishing no worse than fourth in that span.
“Our region is also the toughest (in Texas),” Nokes said. “If we even play close to the way we normally play, that’s not gonna be a problem for us.”

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