|Lady Cats repeat as 11-4A golf champions|
|Tyler Clifton | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
April 14, 2004 -- POTTSBORO -- She's only a freshman, but big things are expected from Sulphur Springs golfer Whitney McDaniel, and Monday's 104 she shot at Hurricane Creek wasn't the performance expected out her from those who know her best.
The true Whitney McDaniel came to the forefront during Tuesday's second round at Tanglewood Resort, firing an 85 to tie for the top spot of the day with McKinney North's Jessica Garza, finish third overall with a 189 and help lead the Lady Wildcats A Team to another District 11-4A title, their second in a row under head coach Kell Clopton.
SSHS came into the day tied for first with the McKinney North Orange team but improved by 22 shots and beat the Lady Bulldogs by seven strokes.
"I'm proud of what the girls were able to accomplish," Clopton said. "I told them before today's round to beat the girls in their group, and we would have a chance.
"I knew Whitney was better than a 104, and she went out there and proved it. Faith (Harry) stepped up her play and has improved as well as anybody the past few weeks. She's coming on strong."
Harry didn't fare quite as well in her second day, shooting a 99 after a season-best 94 at Hurricane Creek, but still finished with a 193, good enough for fourth place and a spot on First Team All-District. She said the team built off its last performance in Mount Vernon.
"That tournament definitely had us going in the right direction heading into district," Harry said. "I personally could've done better and am going to practice hard this week and hopefully improve in regionals.
"I think we can do some good things. We finished fourth last year, so we've got a chance."
The team of McDaniel, Harry and juniors Brooke Wilson, Valerie Walker and Elizabeth Stump will represent SSHS at the regional tournament in Fort Worth Monday and Tuesday.
Wilson and Walker shot 210s for the tournament, good enough for ninth place and Second-Team All-District accolades, while Stump finished with a 220, which would've been two strokes better if not for an incorrect scorecard.
Kylie Littlefield, who would be a varsity member for any other team, including the Wildcats if they had room, finished in eighth place with a 209 to lead the B Team to a sixth-place finish. Kassie Gregory (249), along with Jessica Anderson (259) and Cherish Bolton (263) also had strong showings for the B Team.
McDaniel shot an eagle on No. 11 from 50 yards out and feels the team is heading in the right direction toward regionals. Her father Wade McDaniel said he hopes she sleeps with her putter the next few days after not faring as well with her short game. The younger McDaniel said she feels good about herself and the team heading into regionals.
"I'm very happy we were all able to do so well and beat the girls in our group," McDaniel said. "My drives were long and straight, and I had some accurate chips, but my putting wasn't very good. I felt that's what brought me down."
Garza finished first in the two-day event with a 164, while last year's winner Emiley Patton, from Sherman, was second with a 173.
District 11-4A Tournament Hurricane Creek CC/Tanglewood Resort
Other Sulphur Springs results