The Grapeland Sandies golf team made an impressive showing at the Class 2A UIL State Championships to bring home the runner-up trophy during competition Monday and Tuesday in Austin.
Seeking to unseat defending state champion Normangee, the Sandies shot a two-day total of 631 (312-319).
Normangee shot a 304 on Day 1 and then shaved off six strokes to post a 298 on Day 2 for a total of 602. Quanah finished third with a 654.
"I couldn't be more proud of our boys. We went with the goal of winning, but it is still an honor to come home with a runner up finish," said Grapeland golf coach Cannon Earp. "I believe Normangee's final round was a season best for them, and on top of them being the defending champs with tons of experience, that made them tough to beat."
The Sandies were paced by Top 10 finishes from freshman Rick Frauenberger, who carded a total of 153, and sophomore Brayden Cheatham with a 155. "That's really, really impressive for being as young as they are," pointed out Earp.
Sophomore Case Boyd barely missed a Top 10 finish as well, finishing 11th with a two-day total of 157 (76-81).
Junior Riley Chipman shot 83s in both rounds to finish with a 166.
"Riley was a little disappointed with how he played, but he has been such a great competitor for us all year and we wouldn't have made it as far as we did without his consistent play. We are already looking forward to next year!" said Earp.
"The fortunate part is that we return everyone for next year, so we feel like we can make a run to win it all," said Earp.