The Melissa Cardinals golf team tied for fourth place at the boys’ Class 4A state golf tournament, May 20-21, at Plum Creek Golf Course in Kyle, Texas. The team shot rounds of 329 and 320 to finish knotted with Andrews at 649.


Monahans bested the 12-team field with a two-day total of 608, 20 strokes better than second-place Argyle. The par-71 course at Plum Creek runs 6,789 yards.


Walker Eanes and Xavier Bighaus shot Melissa’s low scores for the tourney - 154 and 155, respectively – and both posted Top 20 finishes. Eanes’ team-low round of 75 was turned in on Day 2. Also competing for the Cards were Chandler Barch, Nathan Foster and Matt Brown.


“This group of boys battled through all the doubters and gave the podium a run at the state tournament,” Melissa head coach Chris Tyner said. “They weren’t favored to win the regional tournament but they led wire-to-wire. And they weren’t supposed to be in the mix for a medal in the state tournament, but they showed everyone that Melissa is legit and a force to be reckoned with. This young team will be back and, with a little experience under their belts, watch out.”


The Cards were 2019 district and regional champions.