Seth Northcutt finishes in top 15 at the Class 4A, Region II golf tournament; Lady Cats seventh after first round
From Staff Reports

April 27, 2005 - Sulphur Springs junior Seth Northcutt finished in the top 15 of the Class 4A, Region II golf tournament on Tuesday, while the SSHS girls found themselves in seventh place after the first round of their tournament.

Northcutt and sophomore Dustin Gideon both participated as medalists in the two-day, 36-hole regional tournament at Robson Ranch Wild Horse Course in Denton on Monday and Tuesday.

The girls regional tournament, meanwhile, will conclude today at the Doral Tesoro Golf Club in Fort Worth with their final 18 holes.

BOYS

Northcutt fired a 5-over par 77 on Tuesday to go with his 76 on Monday, finishing with a 153 that tied him for 14th place overall.

One hole - par 4 No. 13 - cost him a much higher finish.

On Monday, he double-bogeyed it when his tee shot took a terrible bounce right and went into a hazard, said SSHS head coach Doug Evans.

"Then, yesterday, trying to compensate, he turned it over a little too much and hit it in the hazard to the left," Evans said. "He ended up hitting in a hazard three times on that hole - I've never seen him do that before - and takes a quadruple bogey."

On that hole alone, he went 6-over par, and he double-bogeyed No. 17 on the first day when he hit his tee shot out-of-bounds. Other than those holes, he played the rest of the tournament at 1-over par, which would have tied him for fourth.

"Seth had a really good tournament. Those are good scores in themselves, but if you look at how he played No. 13 those two days, you see he had two really good rounds outside of those holes," Evans said. "Out of 36 holes, he played 33 of them very well. He should be pleased with that."

Gideon shot his best round of his career at Robson Ranch on Monday with an 80 and followed it up with an 83 on Tuesday. His final score of 163 tied him for 38th out of 89 golfers at the tournament.

"Dustin had a solid tournament - not a spectacular tournament by his standards," Evans said. "He was expecting and wanting a whole lot more out of it than that, but for a sophomore to be there two years in a row, that's got to pay dividends for him on down the road as far as confidence in himself and advancing his game.

"I'm real excited about having those two guys back for next year."

Highland Park Blue won the tournament with a 292-289-589, while McKinney was second with a 305-296-601. Both teams qualified for state along with medalists Zach Fischer of Texas High, who was low individual with a 73-69-142, and Lewisville Hebron's Zang Yi, who tied the course record on Tuesday with a 68 to finish at 143.

GIRLS

The Lady Cats found themselves in seventh place after Tuesday's first round on the par-72 course.

They carded a 392, led by sophomore Whitney McDaniel's round of 93. Senior Faith Harry shot a 95, senior Brooke Wilson came in with a 100, and sophomore Kylie Littlefield shot a 104. Jessica Anderson came in at 113.

McDaniel's score put her in 24th place individually, while Harry was among the top 30.

Heading into Wednesday's final round, the Lady Cats were seven strokes behind North Lamar, but it didn't appear they would be able to realistically move up any higher because fifth-place McKinney shot a 376.

Highland Park Gold led the tournament with a 306, and Highland Park Blue carded a 317 to lead third-place Hebron by 12 strokes.

Individually, Lake Dallas' Lauren Espinosa shot an even-par 72 to lead the field. Highland Park had two players at 74.

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