Crockett's Holcomb Wins Gold, Bulldogs Finish 4th At State
Crockett senior golfer Will Holcomb capped off his high school career with a gold medal performance at the UIL Class 3A State Championships Wednesday and Thursday at Austin.
The Sam Houston State University signee shot an even par 72 both days for a total 144 to win the state title by a six-stroke margin. Colton Hilburn of Merkel won a playoff to claim second place with a 150 total.
The CHS team finished fourth with a score of 690. Case Robinson shot 169, Tyler Dowell 173, Colby Davenport 204 and Grant Brannen 229.
"The first day I hit the ball solid and didn't really stress out at all. I pretty much hit the ball where I wanted to and didn't get into any trouble," recalled Holcomb. "But Thursday I started off nervous and didn't swing fluidly. I finally settled down a little bit, but I made a couple of dumb decisions. I was really blessed on a couple of holes when I'd hit a shot I wasn't sure was good. But I caught a break and it went in. That wasn't me-- it was God."
"I know all parents pray for their kids to do well. God chooses who he wants to put there, and luckily it was me," he said.
Holcomb described his play on the front nine Thursday as "up and down."
"It was such a grind and I really didn't enjoy it too much. I was stressed out all day," he said. "But I made some key putts at key moments, so it was fun to see that happen."
This was Holcomb's fourth trip to the state tournament.
"I've always dreamed of winning the state championship and had a goal to win three or four because Jordan Spieth had won so many. I want to compare myself to the best so I can be my best," said Holcomb.
"It felt great receiving that gold medal. As much as I would have liked to have won it in past years, I realize that doesn't define me. It really is just for fun," he added.
Now, Holcomb begins preparing for the college level.
"I'll be playing in some bigger tournaments and hopefully do well," he said.