Tigers drive into state tournament
Fighting through miserable weather for golf, the Tigers rallied in the second round and earned a tie with Caldwell for second place at the Class 3A Region III tournament to advance to the state golf tournament scheduled for May 2-3 at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin.
The Tigers will be making their third trip to the state tournament in the past four years.
After two consecutive appearances in 2010 and 2011, Rockdale came up short last year.
“Waiting on scores, we knew it was going to be close, but we felt good about the day, and about our chances,” said firstyear Rockdale golf coach Daniel Guerra. “As the last few scores were posted, and we realized that we had made it.”
Trailing by nine shots after the first day, the Tigers tracked down Carson Scitern and the Hornets on the second day as four of the five RHS golfers either tied or improved on their first round score and shaved off the needed strokes.
In the second round, temperatures dropped 10 to 15 degrees and the wind shif ted and it rained for about an hour.
“It remained cold and windy, however,” Guerra said. “But our guys remained steady.”
Rockdale shot 359-347—706 that was matched by Caldwell’s 348-358—706.
Carthage won the team title at 345-350-695 at the Panorama Village Golf Club.
Tyler Pruett, who led the Tigers to the District 18-3A title, fired in a (91- 90) 181, followed by Grant Galbreath’s (91-96) 187.
As far as state experience is concerned, seniors Korenek and Galbreath were on the 2011 squad that played in Austin.
Korenek carded a seven-over 165, including a blistering 78 on the second day and Galbreath penciled in a 181.
“We just could not get anything going that first round—easily the worst we have played all year, team-wise” said Guerra. “We’ve carded some high rounds this year, but never as a team—there were usually two or three really good rounds that would offset a high round or two. Nevertheless, we found ourselves in a hole.”
Scitern shot (78- 81) 159 for Caldwell to finish second individually, a shot behind China Spring’s Bruce Popp (82-76) 158, a 2012 state entrant.
This will be Scitern’s second trip to state, he was ninth at the 2011 tournament as a medalist.