Tim Glaze / Staff Photo Bryce Pidgeon and the West boys will be competing at the Class 6A state golf tournament this week in Georgetown.
Plano West senior Bryce Pidgeon and his teammates are chomping at the bit to compete at the Class 6A state golf tournament, set for May 22-23 at Legacy Hills in Georgetown.
The Wolves already got a taste of high-stakes postseason golf at the regional tournament two weeks ago.
Flower Mound Marcus and West carded identical team scores of 589 at regionals after the Wolves had entered the second round with a two-stroke advantage. The Marauders would go on to defeat West on the first hole of a playoff to claim the program’s first regional championship, and send the Wolves, which won state in 2016, home with a bad taste in their mouths despite the automatic qualification for this year’s state tournament.
Even with West’s second-place finish at regionals, the Wolves are certainly a favorite to win state, returning three players from 2016’s state-winning team and adding Pidgeon, a Trinity University-commit who finished in 37th place overall at regionals.
Back-to-back state championships would solidify the work Pidgeon and his teammates have put into this season, he said.
“The playoff for first place [at regionals] was a real eye-opening experience for us,” Pidgeon said. “I think we are more committed than ever to becoming state champions. We can’t wait to get down there [to Georgetown] and compete with the best. Coming out of one of the best regions in the state, it really prepared us, I think.”
The group of Pierceson Coody (70-71 — 141), Parker Coody (71-74 — 145), Andy Lopez (71-78 — 149), Davis Fritz (83-76 – 159) and Pidgeon (79-77 — 156) dominated at regionals, and the momentum is high heading into another state tournament: both Coody brothers and Lopez both bring state experience after being part of the 6A-winning squad from 2016. To add a talent like Pidgeon to an already loaded squad would seem to make West the favorites to repeat, but Pidgeon said he and his teammates aren’t taking anything for granted.
“We have been preparing for state all year, and we have an unparalleled desire to win it two years in a row,” he said. “Each of us have our own unique strengths. We’re confident we have what it takes to win.”
Pidgeon mentioned the short game as one of West’s strengths, which will be a key factor in scoring low at the state tournament. Last year, the Wolves won state with an overall score of 580 – including tournament-best scores of 291 and 289 in Rounds 1 and 2, respectively. West alum Travis McInroe finished with the top overall score of 141, and Pierceson and Parker Coody finished in a tie for sixth place with identical scores of 145.
From Region 1, West will be joined by Marcus and Southlake Carroll, which bested Mansfield for the third state qualification spot by two strokes. Mansfield finished in second place at state last year, and Carroll finished in fourth.
Also joining West at state will be Austin Westlake (third in 2016) and San Antonio Johnson (fifth).
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