Argyle Boys Fall Short

Argyle Boys Fall Short

by Steve Gamel

The Argyle boys golf team has been perched at the top of the mountain for so long now that many experts figured this year’s Class 4A state golf tournament would turn out the same as it did the previous three years.

The Eagles certainly made one heck of a final push to claim their fourth straight state championship but ultimately fell short in a second-place finish on May 15 to eventual champion, Monahans. Argyle pulled within three strokes of Monahans at one point on Day 2 of the tournament only to see Monahans win with a two-day score of 615. Argyle shot 626, barely edging out Bullard (639) for second place.

“I think we played good,” Argyle coach Brady Bell said. “You know, going down there … it’s a hard course. We won by 13 strokes last year, and I really thought we were better this year. I also knew Monahans was better, so I figured it would take two days to win it. We got it to three strokes, but Monahans played well enough that we had trouble overcoming that lead.”

The latest loss in no way should undercut Argyle’s dominance in recent years. The program previously finished second at state in 2013 and 2014 before winning it all in each of the last three seasons. This year, the boys won the district tournament by over 100 strokes, placed 2nd at the regional tournament, and made their seventh straight state tournament appearance overall. Bell was named the 2017 Texas Golf Coach of the Year at this year’s tournament.

Luke Griggs, a senior, finished his high school career with two state championships and one second-place finish. Logan Diomede, a junior, also has been a part of two of Argyle’s title-winning teams. Diomede shot a team-best 72 on Day 2 to finish fourth overall with a total score of 149. Griggs shot a 74 and 85 while Cole Wilson added an 82 and 78. Justus Christman and Will Gilster finished with scores of 163 and 164.

Argyle’s performance comes during a season in which Bell returned to lead the program after previously stepping down to take an assistant principal post at the intermediate school campus. His replacement, Mark Burgen, was placed on administrative lead and later resigned just a few months into his tenure at the school. Bell has said the entire time that his return to the golf program was only temporary, as Argyle will look for a full-time replacement before next season.

“I was telling my wife last night that last year I hadn’t taken on a new position yet and hadn’t decided whether I was coming back or not,” Bell said. “This year, I knew I wouldn’t be back [after state], so it’s a different feeling. It’s tough. These guys mean a lot to me.”

As for the Argyle boys, Bell said it’s clear they are not finished chasing the top prize. “The kids who are coming back are excited to continue the tradition – they don’t want it to fall off and already are talking about winning state next year,” Bell said. “The program is in good hands with the kids coming back.”

Below is the final Top 10 team breakdown for the 2018 UIL Class 4A state golf tournament:

  1. Monahans 615
  2. Argyle 626
  3. Bullard 639
  4. Texarkana Pleasant Grove 652
  5. Andrews 672
  6. Madisonville 684
  7. Perryton 686
  8. Fredericksburg 691
  9. La Grange 701
  10. Gatesville 702

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