The Troup Tigers are appearing in the state golf tournament for the 10th straight year.

Along with that remarkable mark, the Tigers hope to medal for the fourth consecutive spring when the UIL state golf tournament gets underway on Monday in the Austin area.

Along with Troup, Gra peland and Bullard will try to medal again as well as other East Texas individuals and teams.


Troup took the silver last year and in 2016. Those were sandwiched around the 2017 gold.

The Tigers will try to mine some more precious metals when the Class 3A Tournament unfolds at Grey Rock Golf Club in Austin.

The top three finishers return from last year — 1, Pottsboro; 2, Troup; and 3, New Diana.

Pottsboro's Austyn Reily is also back to defend his medalist honors. Troup's Jake Smelser, who recently signed with SFA, finished ninth last year.

Smelser's teammates include Brayden Marris, Corbin Whitsell, Chris Franklin and Bracey Cover.

New Diana's team includes: Will Leslie, Sam Benson, Blayde Weekley, Blayne Olazabal and Conner Walton.

Winnsboro's Will Langley and Nacogdoches Central Heights' Jack Summers are competing as medalist.


The Bullard Panthers took the bronze last year and look for more in 2019.

Bullard was led by the top 10 finish of Hayes Esposito, who tied for sixth. Others on Tim Moore's team include Garrett Esposito, Jensen Smith, Harrison Hopkins and Colton Kelley. All but Kelley were on the team last year.

They will tackle the Plum Creek Golf Club in Kyle.

Canton's Tristan Nelson and Paris North Lamar's

Jackson Nottingham are returning to state as medalists and will be joined by Van's Austin Mitchell and Carthage's Miller Harris.


Grapeland would like to duplicate two things — the Sandies' title from a year ago and the Sandiettes' championship from last week.

Also, Grapeland's Rick Frauenberger is back to defend his medalist crown he won over Douglass' Trevor Roquemore, who is also returning.

The 3A teams will take on the Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin.

Joining Frauenberger on the Grapeland team are Jack Woodford, Jason Bobbitt, Josh Ackley and Blake Howard.

Cayuga is also competing. The Wildcat team includes: Sean Currie, Andrew B. Scheppler, Elijah Lust and Ramsey Oden.

Kevin Nixon, of Martin's Mill, is competing as a medalist. He is part of the Martin's Mill streak of 18 consecutive years a golfer or a team has competed at state.

Last week, Nixon's sister Mia, won medalist honors in helping the Lady Mustangs to a runner-up silver.


The Class 1A tournament is being held at Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin. Nicknamed Muny, the course was constructed in 1924.

The Union Hill Bulldogs will be competing. Team members include McCarson Youngblood, Cash Ables, Jakobe Griffis, Luke Batts and Trey Venters.

Also, Yantis' Kaiden Bush will be taking part as a medalist.


Mount Pleasant's Rustyn Goolsby and Hallsville's Lake Juban are competing as medalist in the 5A tourney, which is scheduled for White Wing Golf Club in Georgetown.

Goolsby won the Region II tournament.

UIL Boys State Golf Tournament

May 20-21

Class 1A

Lions Municipal Golf Course, Austin

Yardage: 5,825. Par: 71

Region I: Garden City, New Home, Morton.

Region II: Matador Motley County, Roscoe Highland, Sterling City.

Region III: Clyde Eula, Union Hill (McCarson Youngblood, Cash Ables, Jakobe Griffis, Luke Batts, Trey Venters), Sulphur Bluff (Trayton South, Hunter Wallis, Montana Hurley, David Rosas, Eil Ham).

Region IV: Iredell, Leakey, Tilden McMullen County.

East Texas Medalist: Kaiden Bush, Yantis.

Class 2A

Roy Kizer Golf Course, Austin

Yardage: 6,412. Par: 71

Region I: Vega, Farwell, Panhandle.

Region II: Goldthwaite, Quanah, Sulphur Springs North Hopkins (Evan Lewis, Easton Lewis, Ryan Reed, Cooper Adams, Kevin Clement).

Region III: Grapeland (Rick Frauenberger, Jack Woodford, Jason Bobbitt, Josh Ackley, Blake Howard), Douglass (Trevor Roquemore, Jarred Holland, Austin Gallier, Reece Bailey, Nathan Jones), Cayuga (Sean Currie, Andrew B. Scheppler, Elijah Lust, Ramsey Oden).

Region IV: Mason, Normangee, Faltonia.

East Texas Medalist: Kevin Nixon, Martin's Mill; Seth Campbell, Lovelady; Tristan Adkinson, Garrison.

Class 3A

Grey Rock Golf Club, Austin

Yardage: 6,708. Par: 72

Region I: Eastland, Clyde, Brock.

Region II: Pottsboro, Troup (Jake Smelser, Brayden Maris, Corbin Whitsell, Chris Franklin, Bracey Cover), New Diana (Will Leslie, Sam Benson, Blayde Weekley, Blayne Olazabal, Conner Walton).

Region III: Pollok Central (Cameron Hubbard, Jace Spencer, Morgan Hubbard, Brandt Butler, MaCay Maddox), Cameron Yoe, Orangefield.

Region IV: Columbus, Lago Vista, Altair Rice.

East Texas Medalist: Wade Langley, Winnsboro; Jack Summers, Nacogdoches Central Heights.

Class 4A

Plum Creek Golf Club, Kyle

Yardage: 6,789. Par: 71

Region I: Argyle. Monahans, Andrews.

Region II: Melissa, Bullard (Garrett Esposito, Jensen Smith, Hayes Esposito, Harrison Hopson, Colton Kelley), Paris (Blaine Hill, Tyler Harvey, Mason Napier, Tate Lewis, Holden Stone).

Region III: Huffman Hargrave, Gatesville, Orange Little Cypress-Mauriceville.

Region IV: Fredericksburg, Liberty Hill, Salado.

East Texas Medalist: Tristan Nelson, Canton; Jackson Nottingham, Paris North Lamar; Austin Mitchell, Van; Miller Harris, Carthage.

Class 5A

White Wing Golf Club, Georgetown

Yardage: 6,718. Par: 72

Region I: Granbury, Lubbock Cooper, Aledo.

Region II: Dallas Highland Park Blue, Dallas Highland Park Gold, Frisco Wakeland.

Region III: Montgomery, Cedar Park, College Station.

Region IV: Boerne Champion, Dripping Springs, San Antonio Alamo Heights.

East Texas Medalist: Rustyn Goolsby, Mount Pleasant; Lake Juban, Hallsville.

Class 6A

Legacy Hills Golf Club, Georgetown

Yardage: 6,989. Par: 72

Region I: Lewisville Heborn, Southlake Carroll, Trophy Club Byron Nelson.

Region II: Austin Vandegrift, The Woodlands, Rockwall.

Region III: Humble Kingwood, Houston Stratford, League City Clear Falls.

Region IV: Austin Westlake 1, Austin Westlake 2, San Antonio Lady Bird Johnson.

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