Despite second round surge, Tigers fall short
The Rockdale golf team certainly adjusted well and improved its score, but couldn’t move up as the Tigers placed seventh at the UIL Class 3A state tournament at the par- 71, 5,329-yard link-style Kizer Thursday and Friday.
Prosper actually added seven strokes during its final round, but could not be overcome to win the title.
Defending champion Texarkana Pleasant Grove was second, three strokes behind.
Pleasant Grove’s Sean Romero repeated as medalist. Casey Scitern of Caldwell was seventh.
The Region III champion Tigers shaved seven strokes off their first-day total, led by sophomore Garrett Korenek who sliced nine swings off his opening round total of 87.
The Tigers—who were eighth last year in their first-ever appearance at state—improved from 327 to 320 over one day.
“If we had played like we did in the practice round (316) we would have been in the hunt for third,” said Rockdale Coach Dusty Loewe. “On Friday, we had three scores in the seventies which is pretty good, but not at state.”
Every team, with the exception of Lampasas, bettered its first day score.
Sealy improved its scorecard by 23 strokes but still finished last.
Similar to last year, the tournament was burdened by rain, with the opening round start being delayed by six hours.
By contrast, Friday was a beautifully sunny day, ripe for low scores
It comes as no surprise that the two veteran players who toured the course last year were the Tiger leaders.
After swelling to an 80 in the first round, junior Kirk Williams posted a 77 on Friday to finish with a 15-over-par 157 total to top the Tigers.
Williams put a cap on his final round with his only birdie of the tournament and a par on the last two holes.
Patrick David was the model of consistency, carding duplicate 79s, one stroke behind Williams.
The junior recorded three birdies in his final round, including a two on the 137-yard, par-3 15th hole.
Korenek parred 11 holes (including six of the last nine) on the final day and added a birdie for a blistering 78 to offset his first day 87.
Senior Casey Burrough carded a 83-87—170, followed closely by sophomore Grant Galbreath at 85-86—171.
“We have four of the five guys coming back and if we get better this summer, we are hoping to return again next year,” Loewe said.
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