|Golf team preparing for final round of district 12-4A tournament|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
April 5, 2005 - The Sulphur Springs girls have virtually cemented a place for themselves at the regional golf tournament following the second of three district rounds on Monday, while the SSHS boys pulled up into third place but are still 15 strokes away from advancing.
The Lady Cats are firmly in second place, seven strokes back of district-leading North Lamar, while the Wildcats are in third place but have two individuals in the top six.
The second round of 12-4A play was contested at the Mount Pleasant Country Club, while the third and final round is scheduled for Monday at the Sulphur Springs Country Club. Based on the cumulative score of all three rounds, the top two teams and top six individuals will advance to the regional tournament April 25-26 at Robson Ranch in Denton.
The Lady Cats didn't shoot as well as coach Rodney Barthelemess would have liked, but they lost just three strokes to North Lamar, which went into the second round with a four-stroke advantage.
Sulphur Springs shot a 392 and has a two-day total of 783, which puts them in second behind North Lamar's 776. The Lady Cats have a 99-stroke lead over Greenville (882) in third place, virtually assuring them of a trip to the regional tournament.
Sophomore Whitney McDaniel once again had the Lady Cats' low score with a 94, which combined with her 91 on the first round last week gives her a 185 total, which is third in the medalist standings.
Senior Faith Harry and junior Valerie Walker both shot 97s and have 198 totals, which ties them for sixth overall. Senior Brooke Wilson carded a 104 and is 10th with a 202 total, while Kylie Littlefield shot a 105 for a 207 combined score.
"Our girls played pretty good. We're seven strokes back going into the last tournament, which we're playing at home," Barthelemess explained. "We left some shots out there - we did some things which were uncharacteristic of us. But, we were still consistent, and gave ourselves a chance to come to our home course and play for the district championship.
"We're excited about that, with the opportunity to play on our home course. Our kids are competing well and playing well. Sometimes in the game of golf, you don't shoot as well as you would like, and we've just got to come back Monday and have a good week."
The Lady Cats had just a 10-stroke difference between their top score and their fourth-best score, which was the tightest grouping of any girls team.
North Lamar's Allison Felty and Mount Pleasant's Megan Johnson lead the field with a 178 (Johnson had the day's lowest score at 86), but NL had three girls shoot over 100, and Mount Pleasant had just two under 118.
Barthelemess thinks that the Lady Cats can tighten their game next week at home and press North Lamar for the district title.
"We're a better team that we showed yesterday. Sometimes, golf is a funny game, in that you can go out and play well on the front nine and not play well on the back, or vice-versa," Barthelemess said. "We've just to get where we all concentrate and realize that every stroke counts. Every course is a little different in the way it plays.
"Our kids did well yesterday in club selection and course management. I was pleased with our girls' effort."
Led by a great back nine from Seth Northcutt and Dustin Gideon, the Wildcats moved up from fifth place to third with a round of 329 on Monday, but North Lamar shot the same thing to continue to hold a 15-stroke lead over SSHS for the final regional berth.
Texas High has virtually locked up first with a 609 total. North Lamar is at 651 and SSHS is at 666, leap-frogging Greenville (685) and North Lamar "B" (696). Now, they need to shave even more strokes off the deficit to advance to region.
"Realistically, we've probably got to have a little help from North Lamar, and they're good enough that it may not happen," SSHS coach Doug Evans said of the final round next Monday. "But, all we can do now is play the best we can on our home course and see if we can pull it off."
They will have a chance if Northcutt and Gideon can ride the momentum of their final nine holes into next week's competition.
Northcutt finished the course with a birdie, birdie, eagle, par to record a 76, which tied him with Gideon for the second-best score of the day.
"On the back nine, Seth and Dustin really blistered the course. Seth shot a 34, and Dustin shot a 36," Evans said. "Seth had four of the best holes I've ever seen a high school golfer have. He double-bogied No. 14, but on the next hole, he birdied it, and the next hole he birdied it.
"Then, he comes up on 17 and he eagles it with about a 50-foot putt. His 18th hole, he catches the cart path on his drive. The hole measures 393 and he's only 20 yards off the green. His chip checks up on him, and he has to settle for par, but that was a pretty good run."
Gideon just missed eagling No. 17 as his putt rolled about two inches wide of the hole, but he still birdied it.
Evans said poor greens on the front nine made Mount Pleasant institute a maximum two-putt rule when golfers landed on the green. But, there was a problem.
"The greens were so hard that nobody could keep the ball on the green. You'd hit the front and it would go all the way off the back," he explained. "Very few people on any of the teams were able to take advantage of that rule, so nobody really did too well on the front nine."
However, Northcutt is fourth in the individual standings with a 154 total, while Gideon is one stroke back in fifth. If they hold those positions, they will each advance to regional.
Last year, Gideon qualified for the regional tournament, while Northcutt barley missed the cut.
Chase Helm shot an 88 for the Wildcats, which combined with his 85 on the first day, gives him a 173. Sam Dolan carded an 89 on Monday to give him a 184 total, while Rob Russell rebounded from last week's 97 to fire a 93.
Robby Moore led the JV with an 88 and has a 172 total, which places him among the top 20 golfers. Chris Clark followed with a 98 and a 189 total, while Lane McClung has a 200 after Monday's 101 round, and Collin Alexander' 96 on Monday gives him a 203 total. Matt Y'Barbo' shot a 103 and has a 108 total.
The SSHS "B" squad combined for a 383 on Monday, which puts them in eight place with a 764 total.
Team - 1. Texas High "A" 302-307-609; 2. North Lamar "A" 322-329-651; 3. Sulphur Springs "A" 337-329-666; 4. Greenville 333-352-685; 5. North Lamar "B" 319-377-696; 6. Paris "A" 343-372-715; 7. Texas High "B" 352-381-733; 8. Sulphur Springs "B" 381-382-764; 9. Mount Pleasant 389-383-772; 10. Paris "B" 418-398-816.
Top 10 Individuals - 1. Cabe Prieskorn, Texas High, 72-74-146; 2. Zack Fischer, Texas High, 73-76-149; 3. Jon Ross Fowler, North Lamar, 76-77-153; 4. Seth Northcutt, Sulphur Springs, 78-76-154; 5. Dustin Gideon, Sulphur Springs, 79-76-155; 6. Chris Chewning, Texas High, 77-81-158; 7. Caul Corbell, 80-79-159; 8. Jay Ryan, Paris, 79-84-163; 8. Steven Wooldridge, North Lamar, 84-79-163; 10. Tyler Verner, Mount Pleasant, 80-84-164; 10. Chris Haayen, Greenville, 80-84-164.
Sulphur Springs "A" - Seth Northcutt 78-76-154, Dustin Gideon 79-76-155; Chase Helm 85-88-173; Sam Dolan 95-89-184; Rob Russell 97-93-190.
Sulphur Springs "B" - Robby Moore 84-88-172; Chris Clark 98-98-189; Lane McClung 99-101-200; Collin Alexander 107-96-103; Matt Y'Barbo 108-103-211.
SSHS medalists - Price Orwosky 121-115-136; Hesston Taylor 127-133-160; Brooks Roberts 126-NS.
Team - 1. North Lamar 387-389-776; 2. Sulphur Springs 391-392-783; 3. Greenville 457-425-882; 4. Mount Pleasant 458-437-895; 5. Texas High 538-472-1,010; 6. Paris 521-NS.
Top 10 Individuals - 1. Allison Felty, North Lamar, 90-88-178; 1. Megan Johnson, Mount Pleasant, 92-86-178; 3. Whitney McDaniel, Sulphur Springs, 91-94-185; 4. Stacey Marrs, North Lamar, 94-92-186; 5. Trisha Cobb, Greenville, 99-95-194; 6. Faith Harry, Sulphur Springs, 101-97-198; 6. Valerie Walker, Sulphur Springs, 101-97-198; 8. Katy Webster, Mount Pleasant, 107-92-199; 9. Brooke Wilson, Sulphur Springs, 98-104-202; 10. Kelsey Beal, North Lamar, 95-109-204.
Sulphur Springs - Whitney McDaniel 91-94-185; Faith Harry 101-97-198; Valerie Walker 101-97-198; Brooke Wilson 98-104-202; Kylie Littlefield 102-105-207.
SSHS medalists - Jessica Anderson 108-122-230.