Here are area scores for the boys’ UIL State Golf Tournament, held Monday, May 14th through Tuesday, May 15th:
Roy Kizer Golf Course, Austin
(Par 71, 6,412 yards)
Hagen Proulx, Wortham
Ty Aguirre, Normangee
Hagen Proulx competed at state last season, posting a 177 total over the two rounds, and that placed him in a tie for 38th place.
Proulx, who began playing for the Bulldogs as a freshman, has been at state each of the last two years. He has signed with Franklin College in Indiana to play college golf.
Ty Aguirre, a junior, had what he felt was a sub-par regional round and has set a goal of placing at the state tournament.
By getting there, he kept intact a tradition of excellence for Normangee golf. The Panthers won the team championship as recently as two years ago, when Logan Young won the medalist title and Austin Aguirre finished third.
Normangee has sent a medalist to the state tournament six years in a row.
Grey Rock Golf Course, Austin
(Par 72, 6,708 yards)
Rockdale (Region III champion)
Scores: 80-78 —158
Rockdale’s 676 netted sixth place at state in 2017, with Troup winning the championship with a 621 team total. Brady Nelson (167) tied for 28th to lead the Tigers.
Cameron was 10th at 730 last season. Nikolas Keratsopoulos was the leader for the Yoemen, shooting 157, which placed him 15th,
Troup, Brock, Pottsboro, New Diana are the returning teams that finished ahead of Rockdale last year.
Senior Walker Crane, a first-team academic all-state pick, is making his third straight appearance at the state tournament.
Fellow senior Gunner Miller qualified for state as for the first time as a junior. Miller, the inspirational leader, had been diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma his freshman season. At the time he was playing four sports. His first state qualifier came two years after his cancer diagnosis. Coach Chris Joslin calls Miller the “toughest kid I have ever had the privilege to coach.”
Brady Nelson, a junior, is at state for the third year.
The Tigers have a balanced team, and three different players have played at the No. 1 spot.
Rockdale came from behind in the opening round to win the regional tournament. Sophomore Ross Loth is back for a second trip.
Brayden Burns, a freshman, is the only new addition to the Tigers’ team.
Keratsopoulos, a junior Yoemen player, is making his third straight appearance at state. He qualified as a medalist his freshman year and led his team there in 2017. The 20-3A gold medalist finished fourth in the medal race at the Region III-3A tournament.
Cameron’s only sophomore is Kobe Kruse, but he, Luke Greene and Stockton Kruse played at state last year.
Greene is coming off the best round of his career on the second day of regional play at Brenham.
Apple Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls
(Par 72, 6,536 yards)
Madisonville (Region III champion)
Tuesday’s tee time (1st hole): 8:30 a.m.
Sam Bennett (State champion)
The seniors on the Madisonville’s team — Sam Bennett, Bryce Bennett and Ben Phillips — have been at state golf all four high school years.Sam Bennett is a Texas A&M commit in golf and is one of four starters on the Mustangs’ district, bi-district and area baseball champions. Bryce Bennett (a Cisco baseball commit), Phillips and junior Brandon Larson all play baseball.
Brylen Mills and Jordan Prescott are sophomores.
Madisonville won four tournaments this season, including District 18-4A and Region III-4A, and the Mustangs were top 10 finishers in a pair of 6A tournaments, at The Woodlands and Montgomery.
Sam Bennett placed second at state last season in the individual medalist race, shooting a two-day total of 146. Defending champion Jeryn Pruitt of Brownwood is back this year.
The Mustangs placed seventh in the team race in 2017, shooting 340 with Argyle winning the team title at 321.
Argyle returns to defend its championship, with three other teams that finished ahead of Madisonville also back: Fredericksburg, Monahans and Pleasant Grove.