The second stroke bounced slightly past the heart-shaped green of the 18th hole.
Buttressed by water to the left and a bunker on the right, a dense crowd gathered on a slope by the green. The anxious group watched the final foursomes of boys play the final hole Friday afternoon in the 2013 Class 3A UIL state golf tournament at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin.
A third shot landed senior Dylan Rottner a few feet from the pin, and a par putt followed. His round-two score of 76 was a 10-stroke improvement over the first day, and the lowest one day score by a Decatur player in the tournament.
Moments later, teammates Jansen Alker, a senior, and freshman Drew Jones sank their final shots. They led the team in the first round with scores of 81 and 77, respectively. The pair shot 88 and 81 on day two. Seniors Eric Gage and Dylan Erwin turned in second round scores of 84 and 89, respectively, after they each shot 88 on the first day.
The team’s efforts landed them fifth in the state tournament with a two-day total of 662 – six shots shy of a third place medal.