AUSTIN -- As the winds picked up and the temperature dropped in Austin, the Argyle boys golf team thrived.
Argyle erased a tough start to Thursday’s play and was in second place after the first round of the Class 3A boys state golf tournament at Jimmy Clay Golf Course. The Eagles finished with a team score of 319, three strokes behind first-place Andrews.
Argyle head coach Brady Bell said his team struggled through the first nine holes and wasn’t sure how his five-man team was going to respond to the start and the day’s unfavorable conditions.
“I think it got colder and the wind got harder, and for whatever reason, we started playing better,” Bell said. “I was very impressed with how they played. We’ve played in windy conditions before and cooler conditions before, but especially not in the state tournament and especially not in May.”
Senior Hunter Thompson and sophomore Lance Roden each shot 6-over par on the par-72 course and are tied for sixth.
Junior Nick Louy shot an 80, while junior Colton Katzen shot an 83.
Pleasanton’s James Sandoval led the field on Thursday with a 73.
The lowest four scores on each team are combined for a team’s cumulative score, while the highest score is not counted.
The Eagles are making their second state tournament apperance in school history. Argyle finished fourth in last year’s tournament.
Senior Blake Lyle was only able to par three of his final nine holes. Lyle’s double bogey on the final hole gave the future Flordia Atlantic walk-on the team high score of 84.
“I think putting was a little bit of a problem for him today, and he got some bad breaks in different situations,” Bell said. “I really look for him to come back strong tomorrow.”
Thompson and Roden each took different routes to get to the same score.
Thompson breezed through the first nine holes and was 1-over going into the final nine holes. Thompson closed out the back nine with a double bogey.
Roden started his day with a double bogey and was 5-over through the first five holes. But then an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole and a birdie on the par-4 15th hole helped the sophomore finish out the round strong.
Bell said if the conditions remain the same today, the team aims to shoot 310. But if the playing conditions worsen when the team starts the final round this morning, Bell said he thinks a score of around 315 to 320 could help the Eagles bring home their first state championship in the sport.
“I think our guys are pleased with how we’re close to the lead and excited about the opportunity to go out and play well [today],” Bell said. “We’re looking forward to it.”