With all five members of the team finishing in the top 10, they clogged up the leader board with little room for any outsiders that might want to venture into the rarefied territory.
The Tigers carded their fourth straight—and fifth in the past six years—district golf championship on a blustery day at the 6,922- yard Pecan Lakes Country Club course.
Split over two days (Friday and Monday), Rockdale staved off Carson Scitern and Caldwell by 22 strokes to earn the District 18-3A crown—again.
The Tigers now qualify for the regional tournament April 17-18 at the Village at Panorama in Willis.
Rockdale is aiming for an unprecedented third trip in the past four years to the UIL state tournament, which will be held May 2-3 at Jimmy Clay Course in Austin.
After going in 2010 and 2011, Rockdale fell short of a third consecutive state trip last year.
The Tigers have been the models of consistency in 2013.
“(That’s) right—they have been able to play steady all year,” said first-year Rockdale golf coach David Guerra. “And that, I believe, is the reason we have been so successful this year.
“Out of seven tournaments leading up to the district tournament, we finished first in five, second in one, and fourth in one, that being against several tough central Texas 3A, 4A and 5A teams.”
In the first round of the district tournament, the Tigers surged to an 18-stroke lead over the Hornets and despite the fact that their scorecard swelled by eight shots on the second day, the Tigers were still 22 shots better than Caldwell.
Scitern registered his third straight medalist honors after firing in a 72-69—141, nine shots ahead of Madisonville’s Marcus Bennett.
Scitern’s score was 13 shots better than his winning effort last year.
“It is hard to explain how good a 69 is for that day, under those conditions,” Guerra said.
Rockdale was paced by sophomore Tyler Pruett, who was the only Tiger golfer to improve his score on the second day and also shoot in the 70s.
Pruett finished with a 79-76— 155 which left him tied for fourth in the medalist competition.
As a freshman in 2012, Pruett notched a 169.
“On his first shot of the day, Tyler hit a beautiful shot on a par three against a very stiff wind that blew hard all day,” Guerra said. “From that point on, I felt that he was going to have great day.
“He was just so solid mentally— remained very calm and at-ease throughout the day. He needed a par on his last hole of the day, again, playing right into a very strong wind, to shoot a solid 76.”
Jordan Kirk was the bell cow on the first day, turning in a 76 that led a barrage of sub-80s scores from the Tigers as Pruett, Garrett Korenek and Grant Galbreath followed closely with 79s.
“From the start of the round, he (Kirk) just had this calm demeanor about him,” Guerra said. “Playing solid golf all day, shot after shot, giving himself opportunities, he came through in a big way with his own 76.”
On the second day, everyone except Pruett moved into the 80s, but with plenty of room for a district title.
The Tigers success was hinged on the fact that were bunched together at the top of the leader board.
All six Tigers placed in the top 10. No other squad came close to matching that level of consistency.
Following Pruett’s 155 was Kirk and Korenek at 159, Grant Galbreath at 161 and Tucker Tovar with a 165.
“Hopefully, we can keep the momentum going to reach our goal of going to state.”
The Lady Tigers finished third behind two Caldwell teams and were led by Jacey Jerman, who f inished fif th overall with a 96-100—196 total.
The junior Jerman—who placed seventh at last year’s tournament— improved her score by seven shots.
Breann Breithaupt was next at 228, followed by Emily Gerlock at 229, Kaybee Nelson at 232 and Caroline Wilde at 240.
Four of the five Lady Tigers golfers improved their scores on the second day, led by Wilde who shaved off 1o strokes.
Caldwell 2 425-409—834
* College Station, Madisonvillle and
Taylor did not field complete teams
Courtney Finke, Nava. 86-88—174
Tarah Cochron, Caldwell 95-89—184
Maelyn Chmelar, Cald. 96-93—189
Morgan Nicholas, Mad. 96-97—193
Jacey Jerman, Rockdale 96-100—196
Jacey Jerman 96-100—196
Breann Breithaupt 116-112—228
Emily Gerlock 115-114—229
Kaybee Nelson 119-113—232
Caroline Wilde 125-115—240
IN THE BAG
Results of the District 18-3A Golf
Tournament held at the 6,922-yard
Pecan Lakes Country Club in Navasota: Teams
College Station 407-396—803
Carson Scitern, Caldwell 72-69—141
Marcus Bennett, Mad. 76-74—150
Matt Johnson, Caldwell 72-81—153
Tyler Pruett, Rockdale 79-76—155
Jake Bennett, Mad. 76-79—155
Tyler Pruett 79-76—155
Jordan Kirk 76-83—159
Garrett Koronek 79-80—159
Grant Galbreath 79-82—161
Tucker Tovar 81-84—165