Practice pays off for SSHS golfers
From Staff Reports

March 27, 2004 -- ROWLETT -- Extra practice paid off for several girls on the Sulphur Springs golf team, which shot a season-low score Wednesday in placing fourth at the Class 5A-dominated tournament at Waterview Golf Course.

Freshman Whitney McDaniel, who spent spring break working on her game with her grandfather, carded a season-low 91 to help the Lady Cats to a team score of 407.

Also shooting season-bests were junior Elizabeth stump with a 103 and junior Valerie Walker with a 106. Juniors Brooke Wilson and Faith Harry ended with a 107 and 108, respectively.

McDaniel was paired with other No. 1 golfers for the first time this season, and coach Kell Clopton was impressed with how she performed. In her foursome was the medalist from Plano West, who shot a 78, and a golfer from McKinney who had an 84.

McDaniel finished 10th overall.

"I threw Whitney in the fire, and she competed well, especially for a freshman," he said. "She spent a whole week with her granddad in Georgia, working on her game, and she broke 90 for the first time with him.

"She's got a great swing."

Walker also has been staying at the course after the high school practice is over, working with her father, and it paid off as had her season-best score.

"There were a lot of good 5A schools there, and the wind was really tough," Clopton said. "Our girls competed really well. I am proud of the way they played."

As a team, SSHS finished behind Plano West (362), McKinney (375) and Lake Highlands (384). The only other District 11-4A team in the tournament was Paris, which shot a 497.

The Lady Cats return to the links on Thursday, April 1, when they play in the Mount Vernon Invitational with the JV team at Cypress Creek Country Club. The district tournament is set for April 12-13 at Tanglewood and Hurricane Creek.

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