Liberty Hill junior Blake Elliott traveled to the Wolf-Dance Golf Course at the Hyatt-Regency Lost Pines Resort in Bastrop and came away with a third place finish at State. With his bronze medal finish, Elliott can now call himself the third best golfer out of the 72 Class 3-A golfers in Texas. Elliott also finished with All-District and All-Regionals honors.
Coming into the tournament, Elliott was focused on enjoying the experience of being at State and doing the best he possibly could without adding too much pressure on himself.
“I was honored just to get to go to State and participate in this amazing experience,” said Elliott. “I had a feeling I was going to be at the top (of the leaderboard). I was hitting the ball well, but not many putts were falling.”
Elliott has always been able to drive the ball long and been accurate in his approach to the greens, but this year has worked to improve on his putting game. During District, Regionals and State, that extra effort and dedication allowed Elliott to play some of the best golf of his career.
On the first day of the tournament Elliott shot a 76. He started out a little shaky with three bogeys, but quickly settled down and parred 14 of the remaining holes.
On the second day of the tournament, Elliott again shot a 76. Again Elliott started shaky with a double bogey and triple bogey, but recovered with four birdies to finish with a low score.
According to Coach Danny Knowles, “the course was hard and the conditions were tough, but Blake is a tough kid and he managed to grind his way around both days. He’s just another tough, competitive kid at Liberty Hill.”
Elliott finished just three strokes behind the co-leaders of the tournament who finished tied at 149 and went into a playoff. G.K. Morrison from Andrews won the playoff to finish in first place and earned a gold medal. Morrison shot a 75 on the first day and a 74 on the second day. The second place finisher was Tanner Napier from Paris, who shot a 71 on the first day and a 78 on the second day for a silver medal.
Elliott finished fourth overall at the Regional Tournament in Lubbock after shooting an 80 and a 71 for a combined score of 151.