Notebook: Kingwood, K-Park golfers shine at Insperity Invitational
Kingwood Park’s Elise Parel and Leah Alberto and Kingwood’s Holden Hamilton recently competed in the Insperity Invitational/Patrick Reed AJGA Junior Championship in The Woodlands.
Parel and Alberto both placed in the top 15 in the girls division, and Hamilton tied for 31st in the boys division.
Montgomery’s Hunter Bott won the boys title with a 69-72-72—213.
“Leading up to this event I really just tried to trust the process and continue telling myself that I was good enough and prepared enough to get the job done in the end,” Bott said.
Parel, who was sixth at the Class 5A girls state championship in May, tied for fifth at the Insperity tourney, carding a three-round 227 (77-73-77). Teammate Alberto tied for 13th with a 238 (79-80-79).
Hamilton fired an 81 on Day 1 before bouncing back with rounds of 76 and 75.
Atascocita student fishes in top 10 finish
Atascocita’s representatives placed ninth and 11th at the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation High School Championship on June 16 at Lake Sam Rayburn.
Teammates Ivan Flores-Moore and Maverick Winford finished ninth with a total weight of 9.68 pounds on five fish, and Jacob Witkowski and Kyle Leisinger bagged four fish totaling 9.23 pounds for 11th.
Only the top two teams moved on to the B.A.S.S. Nation national championship.
“It’s definitely disappointing,” Witkowski said. “But at the same time, if you’re near the top 10 in that tournament, you’re definitely right there - a couple pounds away from being in the championship.”
The state championship featured the top 50 teams that hadn’t already qualified for nationals.
The Magnolia team of Luke Buchanan and Chance White snared second with 13.06 pounds on five fish, securing them a place in the national championship July 31-Aug. 4 on Kentucky Lake in Tennessee.
“It was a very difficult tournament,” Witkowski said.
Witkowski, who, along with Leisinger, finished 10th at the Southeast Texas Fishing Association championship in May, said he expected them to fare better after practicing on the lake all week.
Then the conditions changed.
After winds of 5 to 10 mph during the run-up to the event, they were at 10 to 20 mph Saturday, with gusts to 25.
The winning team still ended up with 20.84 pounds - but no one else was close to 20.
“We had been practicing that whole week, because this was our last shot to get in the (national) championship,” Witkowski said. “So we were really putting in the time and felt like we were going to maybe get close to 25 pounds with the practice we were doing. And then Saturday it was a totally different bite, and totally different conditions, so to see a team get into 20 pounds that day was very impressive.”
The team that one spot ahead of Witkowski and Leisinger received a half-pound penalty for a dead fish.
That’s another challenging aspect of bass fishing as a sport.
“You have eight hours to get the five biggest bass you can,” Witkowski said.
“Two of our fish we caught in the first 30 minutes, so they had to stay in the boat, in the live well, for 8-8½ hours.”
Now their high school season is over, but Witkowski’s not slowing down.
He was planning to attend a pro event on Lake St. Clair in Michigan, then enter a couple more tournaments this summer before starting the 2018-19 high school bass fishing season in September.
Jason McDaniel is a freelance writer.