The rain and thunder made its presence known, but in the end Chase Allison personally brought the lightning on the 18th hole.
Needing to drain an 18-foot birdie putt to send his team into a tie with Monahans for third at the UIL’s Class 4A state golf tournament, Allison did exactly that. The Robinson jarred the putt to a raucous cheer from his Rocket teammates. And though Monahans ended up taking third after a playoff, it didn’t diminish the thrill of the moment for Robinson.
“We had a lightning storm and everybody else (on the team) was done,” said Robinson head coach Tommy Allison, Chase’s father. “We calculated the scores and realized he was going to have to get a birdie on the final hole to tie.”
Allison put his drive down the middle on the 359-yard, par-4 final hole at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls, which features a dogleg left after the initial tee shot. His second shot was a beauty, landing on the green within 18 feet of the hole.
That gave him a tough – yet makeable – putt for birdie, and he delivered.
“It was crazy,” Tommy Allison said. “Because of the rain delay, there were about 150 people surrounding the green, and it was pretty exciting. Our guys were jumping and screaming and hollering. It was a pretty clutch moment for Chase.”
Robinson and Monahans both finished with a two-day total of 649, behind only state champion Argyle (633) and second-place Fredericksburg (646). Despite falling to fourth place after the playoff, the Rockets still felt good about their finish.
“To finish fourth in the state of Texas is quite a feat,” he said. “I’m tremendously proud of them.”
Chase Allison took sixth in the individual medal chase, carding consecutive scores of 78 for a 156 total. He was 11th last year.
Other Robinson scorers included Colton McCoy (81-80-161), Cade Allison (79-83-162), Bailey Kirk (89-84-173) and Shane Ellis (94-81-175).
Gatesville’s Canyon Carothers, competing as a medalist, tied for 50th with Robinson’s Ellis, shooting 79 and 96 for a 175 total.
Bruceville-Eddy’s Preston McGinty went into the second day of the 3A tournament in a five-way logjam for seventh place. But McGinty, who was making his third straight state tournament appearance, ripped off a 1-under 71, the second-best round of the day to climb his way up the leaderboard. McGinty’s two-day total of 148 was good enough for fourth, only three strokes back of champion Kasey Middleton of Comanche.
The Cameron Yoe boys shot 373-357-730 to finish 10th in the 3A team race at Austin’s Grey Rock Golf Club. The Yoemen’s low scorer was Nikolas Keratsopoulos, who had rounds of 81 and 76 for a 157 total.
At the 6A tournament at Legacy Hills in Georgetown, Midway senior Daniel Seibert improved on his performance, closing with a 77 after Monday’s opening-round 80. Seibert finished tied for 52nd in the competitive field, but will continue his playing career at Division I Abilene Christian, as a teammate of Robinson senior Chase Allison.
Plano West’s Parker Coody seized the 6A individual title by one stroke over a pair of challengers, shooting 71 and 68 for a 139 total.
Bosqueville shaved 33 strokes off its first-day score at the 2A tournament, but finished last out of the 12 teams competing. The Bulldogs carded rounds of 403 and 370 for a 773 total score at Austin’s Roy Kizer Golf Course.
Valley Mills’ Tyler Stevens emerged as the top Central Texas golfer in the 2A field, racking up a second-day 75 to go with an 85 Monday, finishing tied for 20th at 160. Grahm Gonzalez led Bosqueville with scores of 83 and 86 for a 169.
At the Class 1A tournament at Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin, Iredell’s boys shot 12 strokes better than they did in the first round but finished ninth in the 12-team race. The Dragons shot 410 the first day and 398 the second to finish at 808, more than 150 strokes behind the 1A team champion from Happy.
Colton Fowler shot 98 and 93 to lead Iredell.