AUSTIN — Third-place medals were there for the taking for Frenship. All the Tigers had to do was manage hole No. 18 at Jimmy Clay Golf Course.
Easier said than done.
The Tigers’ five players made a par, two double bogeys, a triple bogey and a quadruple bogey on the last hole of the Class 4A state tournament. They wound up in fourth place, losing a playoff for third.
“If we wouldn’t have done that, we would have got third for sure and maybe made a run at second,” said Frenship’s Jack Vanderburg, who had one of the triple-bogey 7s on the 474-yard hole. “We played it 11 over as a team, which is absolutely awful. That’s a really hard hole. A couple of us had pretty good rounds going into that hole, and that messed us up.”
Vanderburg (78-74—152) and Chad Meador (77-75—152), who parred 18, tied for ninth in the two-day tournament. They’ll be back on the team next year, and so will Hunter Rawls (80-77—157), Jace Foster (78-84—162) and Hank Oliver (79-85—164).
“We’re real excited about that,” Vanderburg said, “because I think everybody there has at least two seniors on their team. We don’t have one. We’re still really young. We’ve got a great shot at winning it next year.”
If it’s a process, the Tigers are at least moving in the right direction. They were eighth and last at the 2010 4A state tournament, shooting rounds of 327 and 325. This time, at the same course, they carded 312 and 310.
“We played so much better than we did last year,” Frenship coach Roger Reding said. “Our approach, our mentality, our mental toughness, our body language, all of that was so much better this year. I was so much more proud of the way we performed and played.”
Austin Lake Travis won the state title, and Dallas Highland Park finished second, the reverse of last year’s leaderboard. Montgomery, which lost a playoff for third last year, won an extra hole for the same place this year. Frenship and Montgomery returned to No. 18 for the playoff, where the Tigers made two pars and two bogeys and the Bears had three pars and a bogey.
“We really played well enough for 35 holes to end up third,” Reding said. “We just let it get away. Hopefully, we’ll take something from that. If it helps us next year, the year after, maybe it’ll be worth it.”
CLASS 4A BOYS STATE TOURNAMENT
at Jimmy Clay GC, Austin
Tuesday’s Final-Round Results
Team standings: 1. Austin Lake Travis, 302-294—596; 2. Dallas Highland Park, 307-296—603; 3. (won playoff) Montgomery Purple, 313-309—622; 4. Frenship, 312-310—622; 5. Aledo, 316-315—631; 6. Montgomery Gold, 326-317—643; 7. Boerne Champion, 325-327—652; 8. Rockwall, 333-325—658.
Medalist: 1. Joe Beck III, Austin Lake Travis, 73-70—143; 2. (won playoff) Tayler Termeer, Austin Lake Travis, 75-70—145; 3. Major Monzingo, Trophy Club Byron Nelson, 71-74—145; 4. Scottie Scheffler, Dallas Highland Park, 77-69—146; 5. Klein Klotz, Austin Lake Travis, 75-73—148; 6. (tie) Cyril Cejnar, Nacogdoches, 74-75—149; Jake Potter, Dallas Highland Park, 77-72—149; 8. Jeffrey Merrell, Aledo, 74-77—151; 9. (tie) Jack Vanderburg, Frenship, 78-74—152; Chad Meador, Frenship, 77-75—152.
Other Frenship participants: Hunter Rawls, 80-77—157; Jace Foster, 78-84—162; Hank Oliver, 79-85—164.