Tuloso-Midway High School golf coach Matt Pacheco was gushing as the watched the playoff round of the Region IV-5A tournament at the Republic Club in San Antonio.

What he was witnessing was an eight-hole battle between two of his golfers for a chance to move on to the Class 5A state tournament.

Tuloso-Midway junior Kelly Xac held off teammate Charlotte Davis in the playoff round last Thursday to win the final qualifying spot in the state tournament

Xac and Davis were tied for eighth spot, each at 155, when the round ended. The two then teed off at No. 10 and alternated between the 10th hole and the 18th hole, both par-4s, before Xac won the spot by sinking a bogey putt on the eighth playoff hole, which was No. 18. Davis missed her bogey putt to keep the playoff alive.

Xac is making a third-straight appearance at the state tournament. The contest is set for April 27-28 at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Austin.

As a team, the Cherokees finished the regional tournament alone in fourth after totaling 341 on Thursday. They finished at 679 for the tournament, 21 strokes behind third-place Alamo Heights Blue.

Calallen was seventh with a score of 752 (378-374) over the two days. Jessalyn Newcome paced the Lady Wildcats with an 85 on Thursday. Newcome and Allison Blundell tied for the best two-day score from the team with a 179.