Tiger golfers take advantage of early start with pair of wins
The Tigers posted a 10-stroke victory at the Rattler Invitational over the weekend and then continued with a first place finish at the Sealy Invitational on Monday.
Held at the 6,922-yard Pecan Lakes Golf Club (the site of the 2013 District 18-3A tournament April 5 & 8), the Tigers carded a two-day total of 632 in Navasota, good enough to stave off Caldwell’s 642.
The Hornets actually led the Tigers by a stroke (308-309) after the first day, but ballooned to a 334 in the second round to Rockdale’s 323.
Veteran Grant Galbreath sparked the Tigers, shooting a seven- over-par, 74-77—151 and was runner-up medalist to Caldwell’s Carson Scitern (69- 73—142).
Garrett Korenek followed closely with a 74-79—153.
Tucker Tover penciled in a 79-81—160, Jordan Kirk 82-87— 169 and Tyler Pruett 84-86—170.
The Tiger girls team wound up with a 792 total behind host Navasota’s 642.
Jacey Jerman turned in a 93-103—196 to lead the Lady Tigers, followed by Kaybee Nelson’s 236 and Breann Breithaupt’s 250.
At Sealy, the 6,800-yard Stephen F. Austin Golf Club was also no match for the Tigers as they nabbed their second consecutive first place finish with a 402 total.
Galbreath again led the way with a 78, good enough for third medalist.
Korenek was again on the tail of Galbreath with a 79 as was Pruett with a duplicate 79.
Kirk chipped in an 82 and Tover an 84.
On the girls side, Jerman fielded a 98, Wilde 115, Nelson 115, Reynolds 119 and Breithaupt 121.
The Rockdale team is led by first-year coach Dan Guerra, a teacher at RHS.
The Tigers have had unprecedented success in the past five years, taking district championships four times, including the last three in a row.
The Tigers also made back-toback state tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011, the first time a boys team had been to state.
Rockdale, which captured the District 24-3A crown by 60 strokes, just missed out on a third straight trip to Austin in 2012.
After leading the regional field after the first day, the Tigers struggled on day two, added 27 strokes to their score and finished fourth.
The Tigers lost valuable seniors Kirk Williams and Patrick David, but return battle tested veterans Galbreath, Tovar and Pruett.
Galbreath has played on two district championship teams, while Tovar and Pruett contributed to last year’s champs.