Guy Dean was unable to attend the second round of the district tournament, but his players produced despite his absence.
Dean, who coaches Gatesville’s boy’s and girl’s golf teams, missed the final round of the District 8-3A tournament at Brownwood for personal reasons. Nevertheless, his teams continued their winning ways.
The boys posted a two-day total of 602 to claim the title, finishing with all five players in the top eight of the field, while the girls cruised to the championship by 71 strokes, marking the third consecutive district championship for both teams.
Despite being away from the course, Dean was not surprised to hear his teams won.
“They play for themselves, but they also play for the team,” Dean said. “They were not just pulling for themselves. They wanted the team to go (to regionals).”
Led by second-place finisher Zane Washburn, who shot a 150 over the two rounds, the Hornets edged Llano (606) by four strokes after taking a five-stroke lead over Lampasas into the round. On the day, the Hornets posted a 308 as Brantley Cole and Hunter Dean tied for fifth overall with scores of 152, while teammate Bryce Cole and Ryan Phillips finished tied for eighth with matching scores of 153.
“We didn’t play good at all,” Badgers head coach Kyle Black said of the round. “In our district, we knew if you had a bad day, that was pretty much it. Unfortunately, our bad day was today. We didn’t play terrible, but we didn’t play as good as needed to in this district.”
Lampasas shot a 320 in the second round to finish with a total score of 619, but two sophomores moved on to the Region I-3A Tournament on April 17-18 at Lubbock’s Shadow Hills Golf Course.
Talon Wright (152) and Blake Graham (153) each advanced after posting second-round scores of 78. Blake January shot a 154 and senior Byler Lindeman ended his high-school career with an 84, bringing his two-day total to 160.
The Lady Badgers placed second overall with a team score of 706 as junior Morgan Rogers won the individual title with a 151 after posting a 78 at Brownwood to help Lampasas beat third-place Burnet (777) by 71 strokes.
“She saw what she was capable of,” Lady Badgers head coach Holly Paulk said of Rogers. “The lowest round she ever shot was 73, like she did on Friday (in the first round.) When she is confident, she really starts to play well.”
Kena Cox finished with a 175, Abbie Carson shot a 180 and Sadie Sappington posted an even 200 to round out Lampasas’ score.
“We were never really doubted, but having lost three people from last year’s team that was really strong, we were kind of in question a little bit,” Paulk said.
The performance was not nearly enough to catch Gatesville, though.
Katy Colson shot a 73 at Brownwood to finish second overall with a 154, while teammates Kristen Smithhart (158), Lauren Davis (161) and Chelsey Tobin (162) placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
“I was getting text messages,” Dean said. “I was getting information from parents and stuff, and I was very excited.”