|Harry, McDaniel pace lady golfers|
|From Staff Reports|
March 12, 2004 -- Paced by a second medalist performance from senior Faith Harry, the Sulphur Springs girls golf team took the runner-up spot at the tournament they hosted Monday at Sulphur Springs Country Club.
Harry shot a 99, her best performance this season, to take second place overall. She led the Lady Cats to a 427 total, 12 strokes off the pace set by Mount Vernon. North Lamar shot a 433, the SSHS "B" team totaled 491 for fourth place, and Paris was fifth at 493.
After Harry, freshman Whitney McDaniel carded a 105, Brooke Wilson a 106 and Valerie Walker a 117.
"That was Faith's best round," said SSHS head coach Kell Clopton. "It was a home course, and she played it well. I've been looking for her to break 100 in a tournament, and I hope this will give her the confidence she needs to keep it going."
Harry switched from her irons to a 9-wood, which she was more comfortable with, and that made a difference in her scoring, Clopton explained.
McDaniel, who had been the team's top golfer in their previous tournaments, put too much pressure on herself to do well on her home turf, the coach said.
"She's a freshman, and I think she put a lot of pressure on herself to do well on her home course," Clopton explained. "She's been the most consistent golfer, and I think she'll rebound well.
"Whitney's going to be good for a long time for us. This was just a bump in the road for her."
Wilson shot her best round this year with a 106, and Clopton is looking for her to break 100 by the time of the District 14-4A tournament in April.
The SSHS "B" team shot a 491 for fourth place in the tournament. Freshman Kylie Littlefield carded a 109 to lead the team, and Clopton said she is playing well enough to be considered for the varsity squad.
Jessica Anderson shot a 118, Cherish Bolton a 125 and Kassie Gregory a 139.
Last week, the SSHS teams played at Tanglewood Country Club in Pottsboro, the site of the regional tournament, and McDaniel shot a 95 to place third overall individually and lead SSHS to a team championship.
The Lady Cats shot a 429, tying them with Van Alstyne for first, and won by having the best fifth-player score. Howe was third at 467, and the SSHS JV was sixth with a score of 505.
"She could have shot a 91, but she took a nine on a hole because she played the wrong ball," Clopton said. "She was striking the ball very well."
After McDaniel, Harry came in with a 109, Elizabeth Stump carded a 110, and Walker and Wilson both shot a 115.
For the JV, Littlefield shot a 106, Gregory a 125, Bolton a 134 and Anderson a 140.