New state golf champions have been crowned, but one remains the same – the Brock Eagles, who won their second straight state boys’ golf championship on Tuesday afternoon.
It also marks first-year head coach Hunter Fincher’s first title.
“Words cannot describe how proud I am of these young men for their accomplishments this season,” Fincher said. “Especially finishing the season with a victory in the UIL State Championship. I saw them grow both on the course as golfers and off the course as young men. Being able to bounce back from losing five strokes past the first round of the state tournament to win by ten strokes is a direct reflection of the determination, talent and mental toughness of these players.
Seniors Kutter Wilson and Gavin Taylor will graduate, but Jayton Vaughan, Kendrick Hoster and Jett Parris will return to compete for the titles next year, in addition to several talented freshmen, including Jack Vaughan.
“I also can’t wait to see some of the younger guys show up and fill those big shoes,” Fincher said. “The future looks bright for Brock Golf and I’m truly grateful to be a part of it.”
Although it can be hard to quit a program, making it better makes it better.
“It’s a real blessing,” Wilson said. “That was our thinking at the start of the season since we won the state last year, and we had a new coach come in, he’s the best you could ask for. He’s been training with us, played with us and is largely responsible for our victory this year.
“Winning back-to-back state championships is crazy, you don’t really expect that going into high school. You just expect to play sports the best you can, and [this] is just the icing on the cake.
Junior Jayton Vaughan said the underclassmen are happy to send the seniors to the top and the experience gives them a blueprint to repeat.
“Our team both years was really strong,” Vaughan said. “We wanted it and came back for it. It feels good because we have worked very hard for it.