After a rough outing during the first round of Region 1-3A tournament play Monday, the Big Spring High School Boy's golf team rallied back Tuesday, jumping ahead of Ft. Stockton and taking second place behind Andrews to punch their ticket to the state championship tournament in Austin.
The BSHS boys shot a total of 648 — 330 in the the first round and 318 the second. Tyler Bryan led the Steers with a two-round total of 157. Devin Roberson shot a 163, Tate Kennedy 164, Jason Guevara 169 and Ryan Pollard 171.
Wylie's Taylor Grant was the first place medalist with a two-round score of 147. Despite a strong performance the Wylie team found themselves in third place behind Andrews and Big Spring.
BSHS Golf Coach Chris Joslin cites the character of his squad as the driving force behind the second round comeback.
“We didn't play our best golf the first day,”Joslin said. “The wind was a factor and the greens were pretty fast. I was real proud of how they handled it. They came back and shot the low round of the tournament and the day to take second place.”
Routinely playing in what Joslin has called “One of the toughest districts in the state”, as well as disappointing regional play last year, has prepared his team for what lies ahead, according to Joslin.
“What happened last year helped us with experience,”Joslin added. “We felt like this was our year. Our district is tough, but it has made us better competitors.”
The Steers will have to bring the heat if they hope to unseat Andrews — or reigning state 3A champs Prosper — and bring home the highest honor in Texas high school golf.
Joslin, however, likes his team's chances.
“This is a great bunch of dedicated kids,” he said. “I would take these five guys in any sport sport over anyone else. There are some other tough teams that will be competing, but we are just going to enjoy it. This hasn't happened in a while and you never know if it will happen again.”
This year's state tournament is slated slated for April 30-May 4 in Austin. Times and courses will be announced.