Gideon cuts through pressure, weather conditions to make regional
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

April 7, 2004 -- A morning rain and high winds made Legacy Ridge Golf Course play even more difficult than normal Tuesday, but Sulphur Springs freshman Dustin Gideon cut through it all.

Gideon persevered through the elements and the pressure of the District 11-4A meet, finishing third and earning a trip to regional.

Gideon shot a 79 on the tournament's second day and combined with his Monday score of 77 gave him a total of 156, which put him in a four-way tie for second with three McKinney North golfers.

SSHS teammate Seth Northcutt carded Tuesday's third-best round with a 77, but missed a regional trip by one stroke when his 158 total left him tied for seventh. Golfers must finish in the top six and be one of the top two medalists on their teams to qualify for regional.

Sulphur Springs sophomore Chase Helm followed his first day score of 87 with an 88 on Tuesday, senior Caleb Beck improved from 94 to 88, and senior Hutton Harris cut his score from 96 to 92.

Overall, Sulphur Springs finished in fourth place despite clipping their score from a 339 on Monday to a 332 on Tuesday. Sherman, which started the second day in fourth place, leapfrogged them in the standings with a 669.

McKinney North's two teams finished 1-2 in the standings for the second straight year, earning them both a regional trip. McKinney North No. 1 shot a 619, while their No. 2 team totaled 655. Brooks Bankhead of the MNHS No. 1 team, shot a tournament-low 74 on Tuesday to claim medalist honors with a 152 total.

The regional meet is scheduled for April 19-29 at Robson Ranch in Denton. SSHS will be represented by Gideon, who will be vying for a berth at the state tournament May 10-11.

He came through in third place after finishing in a four-way tie which was won by McKinney North's Ross Jackson on a playoff hole.

Gideon was just four strokes over par before the final hole, which ended in a triple bogey, but he recovered for the playoff hole. That was much the way his tournament went -- when he found himself in trouble, he usually got out of it, like when he drove one ball 355 yards.

"I had a few bad holes, but I recovered well on others. I felt I could do better, but I'm satisfied with how I played," he remarked. "It's my first time to play in a district tournament. Being a freshman and not having been in that situation made it a little difficult."

SSHS coach Doug Evans said the conditions were difficult on the 6,800-yard course, and the scores proved it. The lowest score on either day was a two-over par, but the Sulphur Springs' problems were somewhat self-inflicted.

"The high winds and rain really had an effect on most everybody, but our real problems seemed to be the penalty strokes and short game," Evans said.

"The best score was a 74," Gideon added. "There were some bad elements with wind and harsh weather. It was a pretty hard course."

The Sulphur Springs No. 2 team finished eighth with an 819. Sam Dolan shot a pair of 94s for a 188 total, while Brent Askins finished at 200, Colin Alexander at 217, Chris Clark and 220 and Chandler Harris at 227.

Playing as medalists for Sulphur Springs were Lane McClung, who shot a 110 on Tuesday to total 238, and Matt Y'Barbo, who finished at 269.

TEAM -- 1. McKinney North No. 1, 314-305--619; 2. McKinney North No. 2, 324-331--655; 3. Sherman, 344-325--669; 4. Sulphur Springs No. 1, 339-332--671; 5. Denison, 361-353--714; 6. Paris, 366-365--731; 7. Greenville, 380-381--761; 8. Sulphur Springs No. 2, 417-402--819.

TOP 10 -- 1. Brooks Bankhead, MNHS No. 1, 78-74--152; 2. *Ross Jackson, MNHS No. 1, 81-75--156; 3. Dustin Gideon, Sulphur Springs No. 1, 77-79--156; 4. (tie) Andrew Douthit, MNHS No. 1, 77-79--156; 4. (tie) B.J. Luby, MNHS No. 1, 79-77--156; 6. Kevin Palmer, MNHS No. 2, 77-80--157; 7. (tie) Seth Northcutt, Sulphur Springs No. 1, 81-77--158; 7. (tie) Chad Mayfield, MNHS No. 2, 77-81--158; 9. Stewart Murry, Sherman, 87-79--160; 10. Blake Luby, MNHS No. 1, 80-81--161.

* won in a playoff

Sulphur Springs No. 1 -- Dustin Gideon 77-79--156; Seth Northcutt 81-77--158; Chase Helm 87-88--175; Caleb Beck 94-88--182; Hutton Harris 96-92--188.

Sulphur Springs No. 2 -- Sam Dolan 94-94--188; Brent Askins 101-99--200; Colin Alexander 107-110--217; Chris Clark 115-105--220; Chandler Harris 123-104--227.

SSHS Medalists -- Lane McClung 128-110--238; Matt Y'Barbo 134-135--269.

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