If you’ve been around Denton County for any serious length of time, then you know that Argyle High School’s athletic program is off the charts. Simply put, the Eagles win at practically everything — especially this year.
Just a few months removed from winning team state titles in football and boys basketball, the Eagles added two more crowns to the trophy case courtesy of the boys and girls golf teams. The girls won their first-ever state title on May 11, edging out defending state champion, Andrews, on a rare tiebreaker. A week later, on May 18, the boys won their fourth Class 4A state title — and first since 2017 — by an eye-popping 22 strokes.
The Argyle boys shot a two-day total of 442, cruising past second-place Monahans (464).
“[Argyle girls golf coach Nathan] Moses and I came in together three years ago to Argyle,” Argyle boys golf coach Cody Vanderford told the Denton Record-Chronicle after his team’s win. “We have a common vision to make our teams feel more like one team and one program. For the girls and us to pull it off at the same time was something special. It will be something cool for the kids for the rest of their lives, and it’s something for us to build on for the future.”
According to the DRC, this is the first time since Austin Westlake did it in 2019 that one school won both the boys and girls state golf titles in the same year.
“I wanted to grab our kids, and I told them, ‘I don’t know where we stand.’ But I wanted them to know right then how proud I was and how proud I was to be their coach. It’s just pretty amazing,” Moses told the DRC.
Argyle’s boys shot a 296 in the first round on Monday and a 146 in the final round, which was cut short after nine holes due to inclement weather. But the Eagles had built such a big lead that the rest of the tournament didn’t matter. Gaven Lane shot a 70 in the opening round before turning in a 33 through nine holes on Tuesday. Ethan Payne shot a 73 on Monday and a 43 on Tuesday. Justus Christman shot a 75 on Monday before tallying a 35 on Tuesday. Zane Griggs and Blake Kelly shot a two-day score of 116 and 121, respectively.
A week earlier, the girls relied on a rare UIL tiebreaker to find out if they won. The UIL also had to cut their tournament short because of bad weather, but when the cards were counted up, both Argyle and Andrews were tied at 475. To break the tie, the UIL went to a scorecard playoff. According to the DRC, since Argyle’s Lauren Justice shot a 43 on Day 2, and Andrews’ Bailey Ballou carded a 45, the Lady Eagles were named the winners.
“We preach and talk all the time that this is team golf,” Moses told the DRC. “Somebody may have a bad day, and you have teammates that will pick you up. We talk all the time that every stroke matters. You never know when your score is going to be the score that matters.”
On behalf of Murray Media Group, we’d like to extend a hearty congratulations to both teams on their state titles.
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