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Golf: Argyle boys down 5 shots

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Even after a rocky first day at the Class 3A state golf tournament, the Argyle boys are only five shots back of first place.

The Eagles are tied for second place with a score of 318 in the first round at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines near Bastrop.

Argyle and Texarkana Pleasant Grove are both five strokes back of Llano. Only the four lowest scores of each five-man team count toward the team overall score.

“After the first day, I don’t know if it’s bad to have the lead, but you want to be in the hunt, and we’re definitely in the hunt,” Argyle head coach Brady Bell said.

The Eagles were led by senior Nick Louy’s round of 75 and junior Lance Roden’s 77 on the par-72 course. Sophomores Tommy Parker and Alex Isakson each shot 83, and senior Colton Katzen finished with an 84.

Argyle is making its third straight state tournament appearance and is looking for its first state title. The Eagles lost to Andrews by one stroke one last year.

Despite being five strokes back heading into today’s final round, Bell said his team can find solace in being behind by a relatively small margin.

“We’re going to have to go out and play better,” Bell said. “We didn’t play as well as we could today. We left a lot of shots out there, so we can do something about it.”