For the third straight year, Muenster’s Garrett Hess is headed back to the Class 2A state golf tournament at the Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin.
Hess posted a 67, which was 5-under par in round 1 and a 4-under round of 68 the second day to win the regional tournament.
In the first round, Hess had a near perfect start that he was able to sustain to a solid score.
“I was little nervous coming in, but I started the day with three straight birdies, so that was a good start to the round,” Hess said. “That just kind of carried that over and I played really well. It was a struggle to kind of settle down. I played pretty consistently. I made a lot of pars. I made a couple bogeys, but I would always bounce back with a birdie to counteract that.”
In his second-round 68, Hess said he wanted to combine his first round with a consistent second round.
“I knew the second day if I just played smart and didn’t put myself in much trouble, I’d have a really good shot at winning,” Hess said. “I played really solid all day. It was kind of frustrating day. I couldn’t make many putts. I made a putt on 15 and I finished with a birdie, eagle and birdie. So that was a good finish to finish the tournament.”
Last season, Hess finished in 10th place at the state tournament and he said he thinks that experience will pay off this time around.
“It was good to have experienced playing it before,” Hess said of the Roy Kizer Golf Course. “And it always helps when you played it before time. Each time you play, you play better. There is a lot of trouble on the course and if you’re not careful, it can bite you. And you have to play smart. If you play smart and conservative you can score low and you can shoot good scores.”
After last season’s success, Hess said he hopes to medal and perhaps win in his junior season.
“Knowing that I’ve made it to state is always a confidence boost and there’s some pressure to get back every year for sure,” Hess said. “Now that I’ve done first three years, the pressure’s there. You can’t let it you know negatively affect you. You have to use it kind of motivate yourself.”
That confidence boost he is riding will be important to a successful state tournament according to Hess.
“I think I was really close last year,” Hess said. “I played well. I just struggled on the greens and didn’t make putts. I think if I can make some putts this year and play confident and play to my ability, I know what I’m capable of. I need to finish strongly and the big thing with me is I have to have confidence in myself. I play better when I’m more confident.”
Hess will tee off at 9 a.m. Monday, May 20, for the first round and the tournament will conclude Tuesday, May 21.
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