SSHS golfers get taste of regional course
From Staff Reports

March 16, 2004 -- DENTON -- The Sulphur Springs boys got a taste of the regional golf course last week, playing a two-day, 36-hole tournament at Robson Ranch.

The Wildcats finished in 12th place, but shot 15 strokes better on the second day after they adjusted to the course, said coach Doug Evans.

"The first day was really tough on us, but most of the players who had trouble, and there were many, seemed to struggle with the slick greens and extreme pin placements," Evans said. "The second day score was pretty decent for us considering the amount of experience we have."

The SSHS varsity consists of a freshman, two sophomores and two seniors. Four of the five SSHS golfers carded better scores on the second round than they did on the first.

Freshman Dustin Gideon again led the team with a 169. He shot an 85 on Friday and 84 on Saturday, though he did not place in the top 10 -- the first time this season he has failed to do that.

"Dustin Gideon continues to play steady and actually hit the ball better than his score indicates," Evans aid. "And I was really pleased with Caleb Beck's improvement."

Beck, a senior, rebounded after shooting a 91 on the first day to card an 81 on Saturday, finishing with a 172.

Sophomore Seth Northcutt played a steady 170, shooting 88 and 82.

"It actually took Seth 27 holes before he figured the greens out as he shot 44-38 the second day," the coach said.

Sophomore Chase Helm was just a couple of strokes behind Beck with a 174, and senior Brent Askins carded a 186, improving his score by two strokes with a 92 on the second day.

Overall, the Wildcats finished in 12th place with a 685. After shooting a 350 on Friday, they came in with a 335 on Saturday. Highland Park won the tournament with a 613. District rival McKinney North was fourth at 637, while Greenville was 16th at 727.

So far this season, McKinney North, the defending district champion, is the only 14-4A team to beat Sulphur Springs.

Team -- 1. Highland Park 308-305--613, 2. Palestine 324-304--628, 3. Justin Northwest 320-313--633, 4. McKinney North 323-314--637, 5. Pine Tree 319-320--639, 6. J.J. Pearce 314-330--644, 7. Denton Ryan 328-318--646, 8. Waco Hewitt Midway 332-330--662, 9. Marshall 339-328--667, 10. Ardmore, Okla. 329-342--671, 11. Waxahachie 340-342--686, 12. Sulphur Springs 350-335--685, 13. Durant, Okla. 344-342--686, 14. Liberty Christian 351-343--694, 15. Jacksonville 358-363--721, 16. Greenville 378-349--727.

Top 10 -- 1. Charlie Holland, Highland Park, 69-68--137; 2. B.J. Luby, McKinney North, 72-78--150; 3. Josh Little, Liberty Christian, 76-74--150; 4. Jeff Frye, Palestine, 84-67--151; 5. Paul Haley, Highland Park, 78-74--152; 5. Justin Davidson, Northwest, 77-75--152; 7. Erik Manning, Marshall, 77-76--153; 8. Jordan Sullivan, Durant, 77-78--155; 9. Joseph Totah, Palestine, 79-77--156; 10. Keith Coppedge, J.J. Pearce, 76-81--157; 10. Dillon Swain, Pine Tree, 77-80--157; 10. Jason Taylor, Palestine, 79-78--157.

Sulphur Springs -- Dustin Gideon 85-84--169, Seth Northcutt 88-82--170, Caleb Beck 91-81--172, Chase Helm 86-88--174, Brent Askins 94-92--186.

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