The conditions were awful, but the result was ideal.
Despite competing in high winds and icy temperatures, Lampasas thrived, finishing second at the Region I-3A boys golf tournament to secure a spot at the upcoming Class 3A state tournament.
Led by Blake January, who finished tied for seventh individually, the Badgers overcame an early-spring artic blast that swept across Lubbock’s Shadow Hills Golf Course to deliver their two best rounds of the year. Lampasas opened the 16-team tournament by shooting a season-low 306 before following with a 307 for a two-day total of 613.
The silver-medal showing gives the Badgers their first appearance at state since placing seventh in 2012, when January and teammate Blake Graham were freshmen on the squad.
Now juniors, January recorded a team-low 78-72—150, while Graham posted a 76-77—153. Sandwiched between the pair on the Badgers’ scorecard was Talon Wright, who shot a team-best 73 in the opening round en route to a 151, tying him for ninth overall.
Trent Holloman rounded out the Badgers’ scoring with an 85-80—165, and teammate Brady Berry shot a 79-90—169.
Andrews won the tournament, shooting a field-low 586 (296-290), while the Badgers’ District 8-3A rival Llano (309-311—620) clinched the third state berth.
District-foe Gatesville will also be represented at the two-day state tournament. Hornets sophomore Zane Washburn returns to state after earning a spot as a medalist. Washburn shot an opening-round score of 75 before shaving two strokes off in the second round to finish with a 148.
Outside of rounds recorded by golfers from Andrews’ title-winning team, Washburn posted the second-best score, advancing him to state for a second time in his young career. Last year, he tied for third individually – two strokes behind the champion – as part of the Hornets’ sixth-place team.
Andrews’ Mac Rochell shot a 74-72—176 to claim the first medalist spot at the regional tournament.
The boys tournament is set to begin on April 28 at Bastrop’s Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort.
While both Gatesville and Lampasas will be competing at state, for the first time since 2011, there will be no Lady Badgers or Lady Hornets on hand.
After entering Thursday trailing Snyder by five strokes for the third and final state berth, the Lady Badgers could not make up the gap, finishing fourth with a 344-330—674.
The showing ends the high school career of Lampasas’ lone senior Morgan Rogers, who competed at state in each of her first three seasons. Rogers finished 15th overall in her final tournament, shooting an 82-78—160.
Placing seventh individually, junior Kena Cox led the Lady Badgers, following her first-round 79 with a 77 for a 156 total. Abbie Carson (91-85—176) and Destiny Carr (92-90—182) completed Lampasas’ scorecard, while Cassondra Painter (98-91—189) rounded out the team.
Finishing two spots behind the Lady Badgers, Gatesville (361-348—709) placed sixth as a team, preventing the Lady Hornets from advancing to state for the first time since 2011.
Chelsy Tobin guided Gatesville by shooting a 73-76—149 to place sixth overall, while teammates Malorie Summers (88-84—172) and Candace Hudson (91-85—176) both recorded scores among the top 30 competitors. Haylee Hunt (109-103—212) and Kennedie Hyde (111-103—214) rounded out the team’s scoring.
Three-time defending state champion Andrews, which has won 11 state titles since 1987, earned its 12th regional championship since 2000 with a first-place score of 312-297—609.
Joining Andrews and Snyder at state will be Monahans (327-323—650), which finished second. Individually, Brownwood’s Sydney Roberts (139) won the tournament, while Greenwood’s Ryan Pate (144) was second.
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