AUSTIN — Bangs Dragons junior Logan Dent wasn’t able to bring home the Class 2A boys golf state championship, but he did earn a Top 10 finish in his second straight appearance at the event.

Following Thursday’s opening round of 70, Dent carded a 78 Friday at Roy Kizer Golf Course to post a composite score of 148 and place sixth overall.

Crawford’s Jake Blenden fired back-to-back 71s and posted a 142 to win the state title, while Coleman’s Ryan Martin (144) finished second. Ross Arrington of Anderson-Shiro (145) and Trey Davila of Weimar (145) tied for third place and Garrett Smith of Wall (147) was fifth.

“It feels good just knowing that I was in contention, but it’s a little upsetting to be that close and not win,” Dent said. “But I’m very glad I was able to move to sixth from where I was last year.”

     Added Bangs golf coach Clint Coles, “He’s been talking about winning state all year and everything he’s done has been working up to that. To play the same exact same course he struggled on a year ago, if he would have shot the same score he shot this year he would have finished tied for first. For him to improve that much, that says a lot about how hard he works and how good we can play.”

A slow start on the front nine Friday put Dent’s hopes for a state title in jeopardy immediately.

“I wasn’t hitting the ball as solid as I was yesterday and I definitely missed a lot more putts today,” Dent said. “I couldn’t get up or down for par early, but I’m pretty happy with a 78 after where my round was heading after the first six or seven holes.  “

In his first trip to the UIL Class 2A boys golf state tournament a year ago, Dent finished 31st. After shaving 28 strokes off his score during his second straight appearance, Dent is eager to take another crack at earning a state title as a senior.

“Obviously he didn’t accomplish all the goals he wanted to this year, but his four-year plan is right on schedule,” Coles said. “And it ends with him winning the state title outright.”   

Added Dent, “Next year I just have to keep my cool on the second day and relax. I know I have to shoot around even par both days to win it.”