AUSTIN — Early Longhorn sophomore Jake Angerstein improved by seven strokes during the second and final round of the UIL Class 3A Boys Golf State Championship, as he finished in fifth place overall.
After shooting a 78 Monday at Grey Rock Golf Course, Angerstein answered with a 1-under par round of 71 Tuesday — the second-best round of the day.
Angerstein improved 20 positions and 17 strokes over his state performance last year, as he carded back-to-back rounds of 83 at Grey Rock as a freshman.
Angerstein qualified for a return trip to state as the No. 2 individual at the Region I-3A golf tournament at Shady Oaks in Baird, behind Comanche's Kasey Middleton.
Middleton captured the 3A state championship, posting a 73 Tuesday after an opening-round 72 Monday for a 145 composite total. Middleton defeated Merkel's Colton Hilburn and Brock's Garrett Leak by two strokes.
Angerstein, who was one of 13 golfers within six shots of the lead after the first round, finished four strokes off the championship pace with a 149 composite score.
Class A Boys
AUSTIN — Luke Kinkade, the 2016 Class A Boys Golf State Champion, climbed two spots to finish fourth overall, while the Blanket Tigers as a team came in fifth at the UIL Class A Boys Golf State Tournament.
Kinkade rebounded from Monday's round of 79 at Lions Municipal Golf Course with a 73 on Tuesday and almost landed on the medal stand with a 152 composite tally.
Kinkade finished eight shots back of Happy's Sterling White (71-73=144), who captured the state title. Mitchell Downing of Happy (71-76=147) took home the silver medal and White Deer's John-Payton Freeman (74-76=150) earned the bronze.
As a team, the Tigers maintained their fifth place position, where they were after Monday's first round.
Blanket improved by 17 strokes as a team in the final round, firing a 368 Tuesday after Monday's 385 for a 753 total.
Blake Hood finished with a 187 following rounds of 99 and 88; Josh Schwab posted a 209 with rounds of 107 and 102; Trenten Verner also came in with a 209 following rounds of 100 and 109; and
Mark Lopez carded a 216 after a 111 and 105.
Happy (323-315=638) won the team state championship followed by Eula (329-346=675), Garden City (371-353=724), Motley County (365-365=730) and Blanket.