Tigers district golf title a fore-gone conclusion
Rockdale (Blue) 325-324—649
Rockdale (White) 341-348—689
Individual Rockdale Boys
Kirk Williams* 76-76—152
Casey Burrough* 82-79—161
Lance Loewe 81-84—165
Waylon Boyd 88-77—165
Tyler Wright 84-85—169
Patrick David 83-88—171
Garrett Korenek 82-93—175
* 2nd medalist
* 3rd medalist
The Tigers trimmed a stroke off their first round score to secure the District 24-3A championship at the 7,072-yard Blackhawk Golf Club on Monday.
The Tigers maintained their double-digit lead in the second round, outdueling Caldwell 324- 334.
It’s Rockdale’s second district golf crown in the past three years.
Before 2008’s district championship, it had been 15 years since a Tiger golf team had finished that high.
The Tigers and their medalists move on to the regional tournament, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Village at Panorama in Willis.
The UIL state golf tournament is May 13-14 at Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin.
“We would have won by an even larger margin but I had broken up the two teams in an attempt to qualify both teams for regionals,” said Rockdale golf coach Earl Gandy. “We fell a little short of our goal to qualify two teams but we have two kids off the second team that will advance and represent Rockdale at the Regional tournament. I am looking for good things from these kids next week.”
A nnie Wilde qualif ied for regionals on the girls side after finishing as the second place medalist while firing in a 99- 104—203 total.
The Lady Tigers (506-508— 1,014) finished third as a team behind champion Cameron (773) and second place Caldwell (925).
Just a sophomore, Kirk Williams was a steady hand and duplicated his 76 from the first round of district play at Navasota’s Pecan Lakes last Monday to lead the Tigers around the picturesque course with an eightover par 152 total.
“Attention to detail is what makes Kirk such a good golfer,” said Gandy. “When he is on the range it is like watching a clinic the way he works on his swing. He plays very calm and collective, he doesn’t let anything really bother him.
“He has developed into a competitor. Last year he was just out there playing this year everytime he steps on the course he is competing. I am very proud of him for the overall approach and change that he has made. He is a great kid to have on our team.”
Despite their identical 152 scores, Madisonville’s Marcus Bennett earned district medalist honors over Williams after beating the sophomore on the first playoff hole.
A lot of the credit for the win can probably be laid on Waylon Boyd’s shoulders.
The senior improved more than any player in the tournament, knocking 11 strokes off his inflated first round card of 88 for a 77 on Monday for a 165 total.
“Waylon has done great all year,” Gandy said, “he had a little slip last week and he knew that we were counting on him to help us win the district championship and he took that challenge and rose to the occasion and did a great job at Blackhawk to erase the first round score.
“He worked extremely hard this year to get his game ready to play like he knew he was capable of. He has been at the course everyday and has done a great deal to improve his game.
Senior Lance Loewe, the district runner-up medalist the past two years, added three strokes to his first round total of 81 to finish with a 165.
Casey Burrough led the white team to their third place finish and w ill be rewarded w ith a trip to regionals in the medalist competition.
The junior’s 82-79—161 total was second only to Williams.
Junior Tyler Wright will also compete at regionals as a medalist after penciling in an 84- 85—169.
“The one thing that we have talked all year is that we want to be playing in Austin in May,” said Gandy. “These kids have that mind set and the skills are there we just have to get to Willis and play to our potential and let the cards fall where they may.”