By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
AUSTIN - The water hazard between No. 10 and No. 18 swallowed Zane Washburn's state medal and spit out Carmen Gonzales'.
Both lost third-place playoff holes, but Gonzales still walked away with a medal after leading the Lampasas Lady Badgers to a second-place team finish Friday at the 3A golf meet at Jimmy Clay Golf Course.
"I'm happy for my team. I wish I would've played a little better, but I tried my hardest and if it wasn't enough, it wasn't enough," Gonzales said. "The people that won, they deserved it. I didn't play that good of golf, so I really don't think I deserved to have a win. But I'm happy with (second-place)."
Gatesville's Washburn, just a freshman, has the next three years to get back his medal. And he wasn't the Hornets' only bright spot at the tournament.
Katy Colson placed fifth after shooting a second-day 75 and led the Gatesville girls to bronze medals in their second consecutive state meet appearance since the early 1990s.
"Our team goal was definitely to place and, as a team, I just wanted to be sure to hold my end of the deal and just do a good job," said Colson, who finished with a two-day 158. "I'm really proud of the way I played and I'm proud of the way my whole team played. We played awesome."
Led by Gonzales and Morgan Rogers, the Lady Badgers shot a 680 to finish second, 22 strokes behind two-time defending champion Andrews (638).
Gonzales shot a 79 on Friday and finished with a 157. Rogers, who was tied for fifth after the first day, finished in a four-way tie in 8th with a 163 (79-84).
"I feel like we didn't play our best, but when you don't play your best and you can be second in state, that's a pretty good achievement," Lampasas girls coach Stuart Beckwith said. "We've got a couple of great seniors that are going to graduate and we're going to miss them, but these young kids are going to come back and reload and get ready for next year."
McKenzie Long's tee shot in the playoff round skirted the hazard on No. 18 and landed left of the fairway. Gonzales, who hit into the hazard the first time she played the hole earlier in the day, low-lined her tee shot right of the water.
Despite the start, Long was able to make par on the hole to win. Gonzales' third shot sailed over the hole, too far for the senior to putt it in for par.
"She just got unlucky on a little chip there around the green and it was just unfortunate that she didn't hit it the way she wanted to," Beckwith said. "But, that's no reflection on the type of champion she's been. That kid's been a leader in our golf program for the last four years - three-time state qualifier, four-time regional qualifier. You can't do much better than that."
While Gonzales avoided the hazard in the playoff, Washburn didn't.
After shooting a 74 in his state meet debut Thursday, Washburn shot a 73 Friday and finished with a two-day 147, same as Madisonville's Marcus Bennett. Bennett, who shot a Day 1-best 71, shot a second-round 76, but won the playoff after Washburn sent his playoff tee-shot into the hazard.
"After just hitting the ball in the water, he showed a lot of character," Gatesville golf coach Guy Dean said. "He stepped up there, took his penalty shot, recovered well and gave himself a chance to make par on it and send it to another hole."
The Hornets' boys team, shaved 17 strokes off their first-day score to finish sixth overall at 639. Fredericksburg won the team title with its two-day 615. Andrews finished second with a 616 and defending champion Prosper was third with a 622.
The Gatesville girls shaved 14 strokes off their Day 1 score and finished with a 692, seven strokes ahead of fourth-place Prosper.
The Badgers, led by Blake Graham's 157 (80-77) finished seventh after shooting a 653. Graham shot a 77 on Friday to help the Lampasas boys shave five strokes off their Day 1 score.
Class 3A state golf tournament
Friday, at Jimmy Clay Golf Course, Austin
BOYS FINAL ROUND
Kraig Zimmerhanzel, Smithville 71-74-145
D.J. Godoy, Lindale 75-71-146
Marcus Bennett, Madisonville 71-76-147*
Zane Washburn, Gatesville 74-73-147
Tyler Bryan, Big Spring 73-75-148
Dalton Conn, Fredericksburg 73-76-149
Tyler Kolb, Sinton 76-73-149
William Wilder, Henderson 78-72-150
Harry McMurrey, Fredericksburg 77-75-152
Tate Kennedy, Big Spring 80-72-152
Blake Graham, Lampasas 80-77-157
Brantley Cole, Gatesville 83-77-160
Blake January, Lampasas 80-83-163
Byler Lindeman, Lampasas 84-81-165
Logan Cooper, Gatesville 82-85-167
Beau Bartlett, Gatesville 87-81-168
Logan Irvin, Lampasas 85-83-168
Bryce Cole, Gatesville 89-82-171
Sterling Wright, Lampasas 91-87-178
BOYS TEAM RESULTS
1. Fredericksburg 311-304-615; 2. Andrews 316-300-616; 3. Prosper 303-319-622; 4. Argyle 309-317-626; 5. Big Spring 325-308-633; 6. Gatesville 326-313-639; 7. Lampasas 329-324-653; 8. China Spring 337-328-665.
GIRLS FINAL ROUND
Sarah Moore, Burkburnett 79-74-153
Whitlee Woods, Andrews 78-77-155
McKenzie Long, Andrews 81-76-157*
Carmen Gonzales, Lampasas 78-79-157
Katy Colson, Gatesville 83-75-158
Sarah Black, Andrews 76-83-159
Kristen Payne, Fredericksburg 81-79-160
Morgan Rogers, Lampasas 79-84-163
Olivia Boone, Carthage 79-84-163
Courtynd Miller, Carthage 77-86-163
Kynze Mann, Sanger 84-79-163
Kristen Smithhart, Gatesville 91-85-176
Chelsy Tobin, Gatesville 87-90-177
Juls Crook, Lampasas 89-92-181
Lauren Beckwith, Lampasas 89-92-181
Heather Raico, Gatesville 92-89-181
Kena Cox, Lampasas 87-99-186
Malorie Summers, Gatesville 99-95-194
GIRLS TEAM RESULTS
1. Andrews 316-322-638; 2. Lampasas 333-347-680; 3. Gatesville 353-339-692; 4. Prosper 349-350-699; 5. Snyder 362-370-732; 6. Carthage 361-372-733; 7. Yoakum 372-369-741; 8. Columbus 412-405-817.
* - won playoff