Led by the play of Tristan Adkison, the Garrison Bulldog golf team, which put on a strong showing in the final round of the 2A Region III Tournament to earn a spot in the State finals, also produced another strong finish Tuesday as they finished ninth at the UIL Class 2A State Golf Tournament at Legends Golf Course in Kingsland. It was an impressive finish considering there are 162 Class 2A golf squads across the state.
Adkison led the Bulldogs with a fifth-place finish in the medalist competition, posting a first-round score of 77, then finishing up with a 42 in the nine holes on Day 2, for a final score of 119. He tied with Jackson Patrick and Cole Hermesmeyer of Goldthwaite, Rainer Horne of Normangee, Landry Rogers of Lindsay and Ryan Grawunder of Vega in a sixth-way tie for the fifth spot.
As a team, the Bulldogs shot a 370 on Day 1, then finished with a nine-hold total of 193 in the final day, for a final score of 563.
Normangee won the team competition in Class 2A, shooting an opening-round 343, then finishing with a 179 on the nine-hole second day, to finish the tourney with a 522. That score was four shots ahead of second-place Goldthwaite. Goldthwaite posted a first-round score of a 347 and a final day total of 179 on nine holes for a 526.
Panhandle earned the bronze medal, finishing 27 strokes behind the state champion with a 549. Vega placed fourth with a 549, followed by Shiner in fifth with a 553.
Hamilton was a close sixth with a 555, New Home was seventh with a 559 and Cooper was just ahead of Garrison, posting a 27-hole total of 559.
Woden’s Jayce Driver tied for 20th place in the tough medalist competition, among nearly 1,000 2A golfers state-wide. He posted a first-day score of 88, then added a nine-hole score of 38 on the second day, to finish with a 27-hole total of 126. He tied with Drew Alexander of Yorktown and Ryan Weeks of New Home. All three golfers were 18 shots behind 2A Medalist State Champion Warren Taylor of Tahoka, who shot a 27-hole total of 108.
Behind the State champion was Will Maddox of Colorado City with a 116, who was eight shots off the pace and took the silver medal.
The bronze medal went to Kevin Nixon of Martin’s Mill, who was nine shots behind Taylor and just one shot behind Maddox with a 117. Nick Childress of Normangee grabbed the fourth place with a 118.
Other Bulldogs and their 2A State Tournament scores included Regan Todd, shooting an 87 on the opening day and a 43 on the final nine holes for a 24th-place finish with a 130. Alex Slowikowski shot a 100 in the opening round and a 54 on the final day, for a 154, tying Steven Clay of Latexo and Lane Gibson of Vega for a three-way tie for the 53rd spot. Andrew Slowikowski shot a 106 and a 53 in the final nine holes to finish in 61st place with a 159.
Kevin Page shot a 171 to place 69th.
CLASS 3A STATE
Mike Perry of Central Heights competed in the medalist competition at the UIL Class 3A State Tournament, which took place Monday and Tuesday at ShadowGlen Golf Club in Manor. He posted a two-day total of 193, finishing 59th against 70 of the state’s best golfers.
Perry shot a 101 on the first day and then improved that score by nine strokes on the final day of competition, posting a 92 in the final 18 holes.
Carson Wray of Columbus won the medalist competition with a two-day total of 148. Cameron Hubbard of Pollok Central placed second with a 149, just one stroke behind the state champion. Lain Turshinsky of Tuscola Jim Ned earned the bronze medal, coming in just two stroke behind the state champ, while posting a 150.
The rest of the top 10 included: 4t. Jack Estes, Pottsboro, 153; 4t. Logan Moore, New Diana, 153; 6. Ty Thomas, Columbus, 154; 7t. Michael Redwine, Brock, 158; 7t.Sam Benson, New Diana, 158; 9. Zack. Moerschell, Callisburg, 160; 10t. Jayton Vaughn, Brock, 161; 10t. Kutter Wilson, Brock, 161; Kendrick Hoster, Brock, 161.