Andrews hopes to play the best golf at the state tourney

The Andrews boys golf team may have had its ups and downs this spring, but the Mustangs played some of their best golf when it counted the most.

The Mustangs are heading to the Class 4A state tournament for the first time since 2019 after finishing second at the Region I-4A tournament last month in Lubbock. The tournament begins on Monday at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown.

“We kind of had a down year last year and we’ve really come back,” Andrews Coach Jeff Williamson said. “They’ve really settled down and played some really good golf. We were in kind of a rollercoaster for now of the year until we got to the district. We’ve had four solid rounds in a row with district and regionals. Looking forward to doing that again at state. If we do, I think we’ve got a chance to medal. ”

Freshman Jorge Molinar III said he wasn’t sure at the beginning of the year if his team would have a shot at going to the state, but said it kept improving throughout the year.

“We just kind of just grew, got better and practiced as hard as we could,” Molinar said. “We got together, put our Minds together and Coach really helped us out with that. We played as a team and all of us pulled together. It’s been a great experience for me, and I’m sure for the rest of these guys as well. ”

The team – made up of Molinar, Seniors Joey Jeppeson, Slayter Colbath and Zane Dublin and sophomores Jack Burgen and alternate Miken Hernandez – captured its first District 2-4A title in eight years with a two-round total of 297-306— 603, before finishing second to a strong Argyle team with a total of 298-308-606.

Jeppeson said the team didn’t play as well as it could have at the regionals.

“We still got a second but we didn’t play well as a team,” Jeppeson said. “If we all play well at state, we really have a chance at the title.

“I think we have a chance to definitely place. It’s going to be tough to get first because Argyle is so good this year, but if we play well we’ve got a shot at second. ”

Williams said he always knew that the team had the potential, it just had to relax and let the Talent take over.

“It just seeds like we could never settle down and just play,” they said. “There’s so much emotion that goes into a round of golf. As a Coach, you become more of a psychologist than a Golf Coach. I just tell them to calm down and just go play like it was any Saturday afternoon. We’ve done that, and I’ve been really pleased with that. ”

The Mustangs said what has also helped them is how close they are as a team.

“We’re in tight knit,” Jeppeson said. “We all like each other. It’s like a family, it really is. ”

Added Molinar: “We’re all really connected and have a special bond. We’ve been friends for a couple of years now. We grew up playing golf together and I think we have a really good chance of doing well at state. If we play two great rounds of golf, we can be successful. ”

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