Chaps win ninth golf title, roll to victory at 6A state tournament


Anything less than a state championship would have been a major disappointment for the boys golf team from Westlake.

The Chaparrals captured their second consecutive Class 6A title — and the school’s ninth overall — by outlasting a familiar opponent at the UIL state golf tournament Tuesday at Legacy Hills Golf Club.

Vandegrift rallied to finish in second place, giving District 25-6A a 1-2 state finish.

“We expected to win it, but you still have to go out and do it,” said Westlake junior Matthew Denton, who shot a second-round 67 on the par-72 course.

Westlake shot 290 as a team to finish the tournament at 573. Vandegrift shot 287 — the day’s best overall team score — and finished eight shots back with an overall score of 581.

“This championship is just as special as all the others,” Westlake coach Callan Nokes said. “I’m really happy for this group because they really worked hard all year to get here.”

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Houston Stratford junior Matthew Riedel was the individual champ, shooting a 5-under-par 67 on Tuesday, 135 for the tournament.

Westlake’s Matthew Denton also shot a 67 to lead the Chaps on Tuesday. Overall, he finished second after a playoff with Plano’s Tommy Boone to determine second and third. Denton’s 27-foot eagle on the 18th hole gave him a silver medal and drew loud applause from the gallery.

Westlake’s Jackson Davenport complemented Denton’s day with a 73. J. Holland Humphries, the leader after Monday’s first round, shot a 75 to finish tied for ninth. Thomas Bockholt had a 75 and Reid Davenport an 80 for the Chaps.

Vandegrift coach Matt Wernecke said he is proud that his district went 1-2 at state, adding that Lake Travis would have been a contender for state honors if the Cavaliers had qualified as a team only the top two teams from district are eligible to compete in the state golf playoffs.

“I really feel our district could have finished 1-2-3 if Lake Travis were here,” Wernecke said.

Vandegrift senior Brandon Hoff shook off Monday’s 80 to fire a one-under par 71. As for his teammates, Cole Sherwood also shot a 71, Luke Dossey 72, Colin Slater 72 and Jack Wehman 74.

Lake Travis sophomore Trey Bosco shot a four-under 68 to finish with a two-day score of 141. Committed to Baylor, he said a “different attitude” on Tuesday helped him with a five-birdie, one-bogey round.

“Today I played with more joy, more happiness,” said Bosco, who competed with his Cavaliers teammates at state last spring.

Among the most impressive golfers at state was Plano West senior Pierceson Coody, whose grandfather Charles Coody won 15 PGA tour events, including the 1971 Masters. Coody, who shot a 69 on Monday, finished with a 70 on Tuesday.

A Texas signee, Coody said his only regret was failing to win an individual title during his four years at state. Yet he already is looking forward to enrollment at UT in August and playing for the Longhorns.

“My No. 1 goal for the next four years will be winning the NCAAs,” Coody said.

LEADERBOARD

Here’s a look at the top five teams and individuals from the Class 6A boys state golf tournament at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown:

Team, Round 1, Round 2, Total score

1. Westlake 283 290 - 573 (-3)

2. Vandegrift 294 287 - 581 (+5)

3. Houston Memorial 293 289 - 582 (+6)

4. Plano West 296 293 - 589 (+13)

5. Houston Clear Springs 293 299 - 592 (+16)

Individuals

Player, school R1 R2 total

1. Matthew Riedel, Hou. Stratford 68 67 - 135 (-9)

T2. Matthew Denton, Westlake 70 67 - 137 (-7)

T2. Tommy Boone, Plano 70 67 - 137 (-7)

T4. Pierceson Coody, Plano West 69 70 - 139 (-5)

T4. Andre Jacobs, Hou. Clear Springs 69 70 - 139 (-5)



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