Rain ruins Rock recovery plans
AUSTIN—It’s debatable whether or not they could have moved all the way to the top of the leader board, but Rockdale golfers weren’t going to let a 46-stroke deficit deter them from putting forth the effort.
The weather did it for them.
The UIL Class 3A state tournament was reduced to 27 holes due to inclement weather, thus erasing second round scores that saw the Tigers make up 35 strokes and possibly in contention for a medal as RHSs first boys team state entrant in school history.
“Well the boys played so much better on the second day,” said Rockdale golf coach Earl Gandy. “If we had been able to count the back nine on Friday we could have climbed up to sixth place instead of finishing in eighth. I was very proud of how well the boys played on Friday.
“I thought that the boys handled the five hour rain delay very well and when we got back out on the course they settled down and really played well. I wish we could have had those scores yesterday (Thursday).”
With dark clouds rolling in, play was stopped at 9:50 a.m. on Friday morning and did not resume until 3:40 that afternoon. The tournament was called at 7:28 because of darkness and everyone reverted back to their nine hole scores for their official totals.
Roy Kizer’s Par 71, 5,329 yard links course is best suited for a Sherpa guide or a mountain goat.
With a predominantly dirt mound terrain, the course features few trees, some water and some sand.
It’s mostly wide open spaces.
Despite leading after the first day, Gatesville could not defend its championship crow n and tumbled to second place behind Texarkana Pleasant Grove by eight strokes (443-451) courtesy of the darkness.
Had the full 18 holes counted, Gatesville would have defended its crown.
The Hawks were guided by state champion medalist Sean Romero who led throughout and finished with a 101, including an impressive 66 on the first day as the only golfer to break 70 on the professional style golf course. Romero was second at last year’s championship.
After the first day, the Tigers were 46 shots off the pace, behind Gatesville’s 296.
The Tigers were led by Waylon Boyd, who carded a 117, including a fine 77 during the first round.
“I went out of bounds on No. 14 and got an eight, but other than that, I hit the ball pretty well,” Boyd said after Thursday’s round. “I had two bogeys on the back nine. The wind affected it a little bit, but it helped when we were downwind.”
Boyd’s best moment c ame on the 537-yard, par 5, No. 17 Thursday when he missed the fairway wide right, but scorched an approach shot to within three feet of the hole to scramble for a rare birdie at Kizer.
“I’m pretty happy,” he said. “I got to hit a lot of wedges into the green, so that was good. I played pretty smart, so that helped.”
While it is questionable whether they could have won the tournament, the Tigers were making headway on Friday and had the sixth best score and were just three strokes out of fourth place, still not enough to erase their first day scorecard.
Rockdale was one of the teams that finished on Friday, but just their nine hole totals counted.
Including their 18-hole scores, the Tigers shaved off 35 strokes from their tour around the course.
Including all 18 holes Friday, Kirk Williams had a 73, Tyler Wright 81, Lance Loewe 82, Boyd 83 and Patrick David 84.
Wright would have shaved 15 strokes off his scorecard, Williams 11 and Loewe 10.
The official scorecard had Williams following Boyd with a (84- 38) 122 total, while David carded a (89-42) 131, Loewe a (92-41) 133 and Wright a (96-39) 135.
STATE NOTES— PGA Director of Golf Steve Hammond took some heat from Gatesville parents after stopping the tournament but defended his decision. “We’re not going to jeopardize somebody’s state hopes by playing golf in the dark. We definitely feel like we made the right decision. We kept the kids safe and didn’t jeopardize the integrity of the competition.”
Texarkana P-G 297-146—443
Individual Rockdale Boys
Waylon Boyd 77-40—117
Kirk Williams 84-38—122
Patrick David 89-42—131
Lance Loewe 92-41—133
Tyler Wright 96-39—135
1. Marquise Smith, Dallas Madison
2. Phillip Jones, West Orange-
3. Quentin Runnels, Bellville
4. Preston Woodard, Sweeny
5. Jaxon Shipley, Brownwood
6. Daniel Brooks, Rockdale
7. Austin Gray, Abilene Wylie
8. Lamon Estell, Liberty Eylau
1. Rodney Brown, Navasota
2. William Markert, Yoakum
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3. LeRaven Clark, Rockdale
4. Derek Longoria, Brown.
5. Shane Jones, Van Alstyne
6. Cole Hubble, Bandera
7. Mitchell Manley, Pittsburg
8. Josh Patterson, Burnet