Cedar Park shines at state golf tournament; Rouse makes first state appearance

CEDAR CREEK — Getting a state medal hasn’t gotten old to Cedar Park golf coach Cary Williams.

The Timberwolves finished second in the state Tuesday at Wolfdancer Golf Club, the second silver medal in their history and first since taking home the bronze in 2014. Rouse also made history as Devin Peterson advanced to the tournament for the first time in school history.

“It was a great day and it’s a great group of kids,” Williams said. “Going into the year I thought we could finish top three. It’s been a great year and these kids all come back next year so we get to do it again.”

As a team, Cedar Park shot 304 on Monday and 300 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 604, 13 shots behind the team champions from Dallas Highland Park.

Ben Dunne led the way individually for the Timberwolves, firing 70-75 for a 145, one shot off the podium. Freshman H.S. Chang came in with a 151, Kole Kreig and PJ Schmitz each shot a 154, and Carson Vickers finished at 177.

“I know what I’m capable of,” Dunne said. “I know that I can win the state title. I just didn’t feel like I executed well enough to do that today. I played pretty well. I just putted sloppily and didn’t get the ball in the hole and it cost me.”

Rouse’s Peterson didn’t play as well as he would have liked, but shot rounds of 83-87 and finished at 15-over 170, tied for 57th place. His days at Rouse might be over, but Peterson’s time playing competitive golf isn’t done as he will play at Abilene Christian next year.

Raiders coach Mike Hilsabeck said golf isn’t a sport that yo can easily coach a player. He can try to encourage them and try to make it easier, but they have to take the initiative and put in the work.

“To have a kid work hard for four years towards this, I can’t put it into words,” he said. “It’s a big deal. It’s like one of your own kids putting in a lot of work and this is the fruit of their labor.”