Rouse's Peterson makes school history with state performance

Devin Peterson made Rouse school history with his state golf appearance last week.

The senior finished in a tie for 57th place at the Class 5A State Golf Tournament at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Bastrop last week, shooting rounds of 83-87 for a two-day total of 26-over 170. He is the first Raider golf to play in a state tournament. 

“It’s great being here and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, but I didn’t play as well as I thought I would,” Peterson said. “This is a lot bigger competition out here. It’s going to help me going into college golf to stay calm under pressure.” 

He got off to a slow start with a double bogey on No. 2 and a bogey on No. 3 and finished off the front nine with the second double of the first round. He had his lone birdie on the par 3 12th hole in the first round.

Tuesday’s second round say Peterson fall further behind with five bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey on the front nine. Again, he was much more consistent on the back nine, with just three bogeys and a double.

Rouse coach Mike Hilsabeck said golf isn’t a sport that you 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.”

Peterson will be the second golfer from Rouse to continue his career after high school as he suits up for Abilene Christian next season. Colin Massey finished his first season at the University of the Southwest in New Mexico. 

As to what the Raiders will look like next year is unknowns. They don’t have a golf course within the zoned school area, so Hilsabeck said the focus is on making the talent they already have better.

“We hope (we’re back at state) but you never know from year to year,” he said. “Whether you have a kid coming in with skills or just starting off, you just want them to get better. Wherever we are, we just want to move up from there.”