By David Bashore

Herald sports editor

Echo — Sophomore Tyler Hawkins continued his dominance on the small-school golf circuit, carding a 72 to win the Echo Invitational on Friday.

Hawkins' even-par round was bolstered by Colter McCallum's 83 — good enough for fifth place — as Echo took the tournament by 13 strokes over Umatilla.

Umatilla's Tavis Johnson finished in second place.

Hawkins hardly put a single shot anywhere other than where he wanted, and continued his impressive run of wins this season.

The defending district champion, Hawkins has failed to win just once this season.

"Hawkins is really on roll," Echo coach Aaron Shepherd said. "He's not really hitting any bad shots. He missed a couple of putts otherwise his score could have been even lower."

Echo's team as a whole has continued to lower its collective score with each passing round, and for Shepherd, that starts with a quality golfer leading the program.

"Tyler's our leader on and off the course," Shepherd said. "He competes every day on the course, and he makes his teammates strive to get better. I think he's got as good a chance as anyone to win (the state championship)."

Echo will hope to advance to the state championships as a team when they head to Wildhorse on Monday for the two-day district championships.

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