On its home course amid windy conditions, the Plainview boys golf team played the best tournament of the year to win the Class 3A golf championship Tuesday at Lakeview Golf Club.
The Indians shot under 80 on all but one round during the tournament to finish with a 907.
“We used everybody’s score throughout the tournament in one way or another,” Plainview coach Andy Bloodworth said. “From seniors all the way to freshmen, I thought we really went out and did just a fabulous job.”
Pauls Valley was the closest competition in second with a 925.
After 18 holes, the Indians trailed Pauls Valley but took a nine stroke lead after the next round.
“There are a lot of similarities,” Bloodworth said of the two championships. “Last year we were down to Pauls Valley after the first 18 as well. Hats off to the kids, they responded. We came back with a 290 after 36 holes last year and this year they had a 296. We really battled back with a 301 after three rounds. Experience goes a long ways.”
The Indians lost their top two players from 2013 to graduation and didn’t have the full squad together until the regional tournament last week at Lake Murray.
The player’s dedication to the game year round eased the transition.
“We had two totally new individuals on the team,” Bloodworth said. “It’s nice when you can do that. These guys play golf all summer long. They eat, sleep and drink golf and it’s paid off.”
Bloodworth said the home course might be seen as a advantage to some, but he disagreed.
“There is a lot of pressure playing at your home course,” he said. “As a coach, being inside the ropes, there is a lot of pressure. There’s high expectations. These kids, it was a battle. It was tight throughout and they did a great job.”
The Indians won three state titles in a row from 1992 to ‘94, but Bloodworth shied away from making any predictions about the current team.
“We’ll enjoy this one for a while,” he said. “We lose two seniors and we’ll definitely have to regroup like we did last year and we’re ready for the challenge.”