AUSTIN — Dane and Dalton Hankamer grew up on the golf course, where they honed their skills, learned the intricacies of the game and, most importantly, developed a competitive edge.
“We’ve lived on the golf course our whole lives. It’s a part of what we do,” Dalton said.
“We’ve gone back and forth on tournaments all year,” Dane said. “So we knew it would be a battle coming in. He got the best of me this time.”
Dane, a senior, and Dalton, a sophomore, ensured the family would keep a state golf medal for the second straight season when both were a part of Salado’s Class 2A state championship team last week at Austin’s Roy Kizer Golf Course.
The Hankamers teamed with Javier Cruz-Cortes, Kyle Heiner and Kase Spears to shoot a two-day team score of 641 and win the state championship by 13 strokes over runner-up Wall.
The state championship was the ninth boys title in school history and the brothers made sure they would leave Austin with matching medals as well as another trophy.
“To win one together is something we’re going to remember until the day that we die,” Dane said. “It’s very special to have that team state championship with two members of the family.”
Last year, Dane was the boys individual state champion, shooting a 156. This year, Dalton finished third individually after losing to Jefferson’s Wilson Powell in a second-place playoff. Both players finished at 152 in regulation.
Dalton said the playoff was a bit nerve-wracking.
Salado coach Ty Brown said the younger Hankamer has a gift for the game, made a difference this year and has high expectations for himself.
“He didn’t play his best tournament, (but) he’s on the state championship team and he’s the bronze medalist after not playing very well, for him.”
Dane came to Kizer in 2013 as a part of a team that finished third in the state and Dalton joined the varsity team in 2014.