Golfers set for regional competition this week
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

April 23, 2005 - Sulphur Springs linksters will be on the regional courses this week, looking to land in Austin next month.

The SSHS girls team and two Wildcat golfers will be participating in the Class 4A, Region II tournaments held at two different courses.

The boys will tee-off at 8 a.m. Monday at Robson Ranch near Denton for the first round of their 36-hole tournament that will conclude Tuesday. The girls will start at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Doral Tesoro Golf Club in Fort Worth for their two-day tourney.

The top two teams and top six individuals at each event will qualify for the UIL state golf tournament May 9-10 at the Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin.

For Sulphur Springs, junior Seth Northcutt and sophomore Dustin Gideon will be participating in the regional tournament as medalists.

Northcutt finished third at the district tournament and Gideon was fourth to qualify for regional. As a team, the Wildcats finished third behind Texas High and North Lamar.

The Wildcats played the Robson Ranch course earlier this season, with Northcutt firing a 79-82-161, and Gideon shooting an 84-88-172. Gideon also played the course last season when he qualified for regional as a freshman.

The par-72 course, which opened in 2002, covers 6,859 yards. It's most challenging holes are four par-5s, all of which are more than 550 yards.

The SSHS girls, meanwhile, qualified as a team after they won the District 12-4A title by overtaking North Lamar on the third and final round.

They will make the long trip to Fort Worth to play on Tuesday and Wednesday at Doral's 5,097-yard course. The par-72 has just three par-5s off the ladies' tee. The top-rated hole is the par-4 No. 2 which is 258 yards but has water on the left and bunkers on the front and the right.

Playing for the Lady Cats will be Faith Harry, Brooke Wilson, Whitney McDaniel, Kylie Littlefield and Jessica Anderson.

McDaniel finished third in the individual standings for the three-round district tournament, while Harry was fourth and Wilson fifth. Senior Valerie Walker tied for eighth, but she will be unable to compete at regional because she will be out-of-state for a BPA competition.

The Lady Cats will be coached by Kerry Brice after coach Rodney Barthelemess left earlier this month to take a coaching job at Hallsville.

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