Tournament title for SSHS golfers
Four individuals finish in top 10
From Staff Reports

Feb. 27, 2004 -- Three Wildcat golfers finished in the top 10 of the Sulphur Springs Invitational Friday, leading the team to its first tournament championship in several years.

Freshman Dustin Gideon was the top individual for the Cats, shooting a 77, which was good for third medalist honors. Sophomore Seth Northcutt carded a 78 and senior Caleb Beck had an 82, his best round in a tournament.

Senior Hutton Harris was a stroke behind Beck at 83 and sophomore Chase Helm shot a 91 to round out the Wildcats' scoring.

Coach Doug Evans said it was the first tournament championship for the Wildcats in several years. With a team score of 320, they edged out Texas High (323) and Winnsboro (324) for the low score among 11 teams which included district competitors from Greenville (366) and Paris (371).

"This was the best performance by a Wildcat golf team in a few years," Evans said. "I am excited by the continued good play of Dustin Gideon and Seth Northcutt. As good as their scores were, they could have been around par very easily, and they both expected themselves to be around 72.

"I was extremely excited about today's results and proud for the players."

Winnsboro junior B.J. Hawkins, who was fifth last year at the state tournament, and Texas High freshman Zack Fischer both shot par, with Hawkins taking medalist honors in a playoff. Gideon and Northcutt were third and fourth, while Beck and Harris were 10th and 11th.

"Caleb Beck and Hutton Harris had career days, and we hope to build on that," Evans said. "They both have been hitting the ball real well, and so far it has been one or two bad holes a round that keep them from shooting to their potential.

"Chase Helm has been rehabbing a knee that he had surgery on in December, and along with the UIL Literary Contest he is involved in, he hasn't gotten to practice as much as he would like, but he still hit the ball pretty well most of the day."

The Wildcat JV teams finished 10th and 11th, respectively, shooting a 424 and 472.

On the JV No. 1 squad, made up entirely of sophomores, Collin Alexander shot a 93, Sam Dolan carded a 105, Chandler Harris a 111, Chris Clark a 115 and Lane McClung a 125.

Russell Ross led the JV No. 2 team with a 101. Also shooting were Casey Beck, Matthew Y'Barbo (both at 120), Robbie Moore, Colby Adams and Price Orwosky.

"The two JV teams have players who primarily need more playing time to get their games where they would like them to be, but they are getting better," Evans said.

The Wildcats were scheduled to play in North Lamar's tournament next Friday and Saturday, but the tournament has been rescheduled for Thursday.

Team -- 1. Sulphur Springs 320; 2. Texas High 323; 3. Winnsboro 324; 4. Pleasant Grove 346; 5. Mount Vernon 364; 6. Greenville 366; 7. North Lamar 371; 8. Paris 371; 9. Daingerfield 401; 10. SSHS JV No. 1 424; 11. SSHS JV No. 2 472.

Individuals -- 1. B.J. Hawkins, Winnsboro, 72 (won in playoff); 2. Zack Fischer, Texas, 72; 3. Dustin Gideon, Sulphur Springs, 77; 4. Seth Northcutt, Sulphur Springs, 78; 5. Gunner Hagler, Detroit, 79; 6. Josh Neiswander, Winnsboro, 80; 7. Lance Scott, Pleasant Grove, 81; 8. Zach Jaggers, Mount Vernon, 81; 9. Chris Chewning, Texas, 81; 10. Caleb Beck, Sulphur Springs, 82.

Sulphur Springs -- Dustin Gideon 77, Seth Northcutt 78, Caleb Beck 82, Hutton Harris 83, Chase Helm 91.

SSHS JV No. 1 -- Collin Alexander 93, Sam Dolan 105, Chandler Harris 111, Chris Clark 115, Lane McClung 125.

SSHS JV No. 2 -- Russell Ross 101, Casey Beck 120, Matthew Y'Barbo 120, Robbie Moore 131, Colby Adams 134, Price Orwosky 134.

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