After his team shot a 329 on Monday in the first round of the Class 4A boys state golf tournament at Plum Creek Golf Course in Kyle, Argyle coach Cody Vanderford couldn’t have asked for a better second-round performance than what the Eagles produced Tuesday.
Argyle cut 30 strokes off its Day 1 score to shoot 299, the best round of any team at state. The strong finish secured a second-place finish for the Eagles, while Monahans (307-301—608) claimed its second consecutive title.
“I’m extremely proud,” Vanderford said. “It would have been really easy to just go through the motions today feeling sorry for ourselves. But the guys stepped up and played really well. The conditions were better, and we obviously played a lot better. You have to feel good about that.”
Argyle was in a tie for fourth with Melissa after the first round but pulled away from a crowded group of competitors fighting for second. Gatesville (639) finished third while Andrews and Melissa (649) tied for fourth.
Senior Logan Diomede shot a 69 on Day 2, the best round of any individual competitor, to lead the way for the Eagles while also securing second place as an individual in his final high school tournament. Orange Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s Jack Burke (71-70—141) placed first.
Diomede will now shift his focus to Abilene Christian, where he will join the golf team next year.
“He’s a little disappointed because he wanted to win gold going out as a senior,” Vanderford said. “But the kid that was in front of him played a great round today and got him by two. In a few days, when it sinks in, I think it’s definitely something he’ll be proud of.”
Diomede, who shot 74 on Day 1, wasn’t the only Argyle player to show improvement Tuesday. Isaiah Brevick cut six strokes off his Day 1 score to finish with a 76, while Blake Kelly (98-80—178) and Zane Griggs (97-78—175) cut a combined 37 strokes off their first-round scores.
Justus Christman shot a solid 76 both days to finish 14th.
After winning three consecutive state championships from 2015-17, Argyle has finished second to Monahans in back-to-back years. While Vanderford, who is in his first year with the program, said there was some disappointment, he expressed optimism for the future, as the Eagles return three of their top five players next year.
“The golf program in Argyle has such a good tradition and we have such a high standard for ourselves that there is a little disappointment in finishing second,” Vanderford said. “But when you look back and see you finished second in the state of Texas, you know you’ve had a great year. It just makes us want to go out and get that gold medal next year — it’s no fun getting second.
“We’re disappointed, but we’ll do everything we can to turn that around and turn it into a gold next year.”