Tiger golfers bag third straight links crown
Despite the fact that Rockdale added strokes to their total on the second day of competition, the Tigers were so far ahead, it was of little consequence.
The Tigers surged to an incredible 60-stroke victory to capture their third straight district championship and fourth out of the last five years at the 6,721-yard Brenham Country Club.
The Tigers now qualify for the regional Tournament April 18-19 at the Village at Panorama in Willis.
Rockdale is aiming for an unprecedented third straight trip to the UIL state tournament, which will be held May 3-4 at Roy Kizer Course in Austin.
In a replay of 2011, senior Kirk Williams just missed out on District 23-3A medalist honors after firing in a 11-over-par, 155, to finish one stroke behind Caldwell’s Carson Scitern.
Last year, Williams tied for medalist at 156 with Scitern and Scitern subsequently won a three hole playoff for medalist honors.
Williams had a six-stroke cushion over Scitern after the first round, but ballooned to an 82 in the second round while Scitern carded a 75 to secure top honors.
Despite adding 25 strokes on the second round, the consistent Tigers added to their 49-stroke first-round lead despite a charge by Scitern and his Hornet teammates who shaved 13 strokes off their first round scorecard.
Results of the District 23-3A Golf Tournament held at the 6,721-yard Brenham Country Club:
Smithville made the biggest strides on the day, slicing 53 strokes of its score.
Rockdale won last year by 41 strokes.
The Tigers positioned all five team members in the top 10.
Grant Galbreath, a junior who tied Williams for the lead after one round with a 73, followed Williams by penciling in an 86 on day two for a 159 total and fourth place in district.
Galbreath was shadowed by freshman Tucker Tovar’s 160, who was the model of consistency with an 80 on his scorecard on both days to place fifth.
Freshman Tyler Pruett logged a 169 (83-86) for sixth and senior Patrick David had a duplicate 89- 89 for a 178 total for 10th place.
Led by Jacey Jerman, the Lady Tigers team finished fifth behind champion Caldwell with a 948 total, 156 strokes behind the Lady Hornets.
The sophomore Jerman finished seventh with a (95-108) 203 total.
Caroline Wilde followed Jerman with a (123-119) 242 card, while Madison Reynolds had a (120-130) 250, Kalli Hicks a (130- 121) 252, Emily Gerlock (129-126) 255 and Breann Breithaupt (132- 123) 255.
Hicks and Breithaupt each knocked nine strokes off their first-round scores.
The Tigers were coming off a victory at the Bellville Tournament, played at Pecan Lakes.
In a district preview, Rockdale held off Caldwell 320-331 behind Williams 1-over-par 73.
Williams’ effort was overshadowed by a spectacular round of 64 from Ross Arrington of Anderson-Shiro.
David complemented Williams with an 80, followed by Tovar’s 83, Pruett’s 84 and Galbreath’s 85.
On the girls side, Jerman carded a 96 to lead the Lady Tigers to a seventh place finish.
Gerlock had a 111, Wilde 115, Hicks 118 and Breithaupt 130.