Hornets take 6th at state golf meet after only 4 years in sport

After only four years in the game, the Rochelle varsity boys’ golf team made a competitive showing at the state golf tournament May 8-9 in Austin and came home as the sixth place team in the state. The team consisting of four seniors and one freshman has developed over the years, stepping up from a team that had difficulty getting out of district the first year to a team that advanced to the state playoffs. In addition, the Hornets were the only six-man school represented at the state competition. Last year’s golf team missed qualifying for the state tournament by one stroke and in the previous year they advanced to regionals. At the regional meet held this year in Brenham, the Rochelle team stepped out ahead of the competition by 30 strokes. In the first round of the state competition, Billy Arnold led the group with an 82 for the day. Matt Noble came in just behind with an 85, Chris Anderson fired an 88, Rocky Jackson brought in a 94 and TK Morris scored a 101. The second day’s scorecards read Noble, 80, Arnold, 89, Anderson, 95, Jackson, 95 and Morris, 102. “We’re all disappointed that we didn’t play better at state,” said coach Mike Gardner. “We came in with the lowest scores in two years during the this competition. “This has been a fun group of kids to work with,” said Gardner. “I’m very proud of this group of boys. Most of them had little or no golf experience three years ago. They’ve all come a long way.”

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