Lake Travis made its first year in Class 5A golf one for the record books, winning the boys and girls team state championships on Tuesday at Morris Williams.
The sweep was historic on two counts. It was the third consecutive boys state title for the Cavaliers, who won Class 4A titles in 2011 and 2012. For the Lake Travis girls, it was their first state title after numerous second- and third-place finishes.
The Lake Travis boys were especially impressive Tuesday, posting a sizzling 11-under-par 277 to come from nine strokes behind first-round leader Mansfield. The Cavs turned in a winning 36-hole total of 5-under 571, five shots ahead of Mansfield at 576.
An indication of Lake Travis’ dominance was that an even-par 72 by Dillon Van Essen in the final round was tossed out of the team scoring. Jake Ezell, who struggled with an opening-round 80, rallied for a 6-under 66 Tuesday to lead the Cavs. Their other scores were a 69 by Klein Klotz and 71’s by Joey Hearn and Andrew Liu.
Andrew Paysse of Belton took individual medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 6-under 138.
Klotz, a senior, finished second for the second straight year, but he did it in remarkable fashion. He finished regulation play at 5-under 139, tied with Brad Abel of The Woodlands and Vincent Whaley of McKinney Boyd. Klotz won the silver medal when he triumphed in a sudden-death playoff by making a hole-in-one on the 191-yard 12th hole.
“It’s kind of funny, but I have thought a lot this year about what my final shot in high school golf would be. I never dreamed anything like this,” Klotz said.
“Last night, I told the guys that if they shot under par as a team today they would have a chance,” Cavaliers coach Randy Norris said, “but I really wasn’t sure we would be able to catch a team like Mansfield. Our guys did everything right today. It’s all the players. I just hung around and watched.”
The Lake Travis girls began the final round with a three-shot lead over Westlake and wound up winning by seven over the Chaparrals. Lake Travis posted a second straight round of 299, including a 72 by Kristen Gillman and a pair of 73’s by Julia Beck and Emily Gillman.
The Cavs won at 22-over 598.
Westlake senior Sierra Sims fell just short of winning her third straight Class 5A girls individual title. After an opening round even par 72, Sims shot a 3-under 69 Tuesday for a 141 total, but it was not quite enough. Taylor Coleman of San Antonio Johnson shot a final-round 67 to win medalist honors at 6-under 138. Sims finished second.
“This is just amazing. It’s going to take a while for this to sink in,” said Beck, a Lake Travis senior. “This year has been so much fun, and to finish like this is more than we could have dreamed.
“Seeing the boys team win just as we were starting gave us a real boost. There were definitely some good vibes.”
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to say that Taylor Coleman attends San Antonio Johnson.