|Lady Cats golf shoots best round of season|
|From Staff Reports|
April 5, 2006 - GREENVILLE - Despite shooting their best round of the season on Tuesday, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats didn't gain any ground on North Lamar in the race for the district golf title.
In fact, they lost a few strokes in the race for the District 12-4A championship during the tournament's second round, though the Lady Cats virtually wrapped up a berth in the regional tournament.
With Whitney McDaniel, Kylie Littlefield and Britney Cheatham all either matching or setting tournament low scores at Wright Park Golf Course, the Lady Cats came in at 375, which is the their best score of the year. But, North Lamar carded a 367 to move in front by 17 strokes.
North Lamar held a nine-stroke lead after last week's opening round at Paris Golf and Country Club. Only two golfers in the entire district shot under 100 on that course.
This week, three golfers (including McDaniel and Littlefield) were under 90, and five more (including Cheatham) were sub-100.
"Overall, we played really well, but we actually ended up losing a little ground to the first-place team," said SSHS coach Rahn Smith.
McDaniel matched her career-best with an 81 to give her a 179 for the first two rounds, putting her in second place individually behind North Lamar's Allison Felty who is at 178.
Littlefield dipped under 90 for the first time, carding an 86, giving her a two-day total of 186, which is good enough for third in the district. Cheatham also had a career-best 92, which puts her at 192 for the tournament, fifth-best in the district.
Cherish Bolton came in at 116 and Jessica Anderson finished at 125.
"We had three personal bests, but we just didn't get that fourth or fifth score to come in that we needed," Smith said. "Right now, we have three of the top five medalists overall in our district, but North Lamar is really just beating us by average.
"I've got to hand it to them. They played really well with all of their girls shooting under 100."
While Sulphur Springs will try to make up the 17 strokes on Monday when they play the third and final district round at the Red River Army Depot course in New Boston, they are virtually assured of going to regional as the second-place team.
The Lady Cats are more than 200 strokes ahead of Paris in third (993) and Greenville in fourth (1,020). The SSHS "B" squad is in fifth at 1,021.
"Now, we're down 17 strokes going into the final round. It wouldn't be improbable that we make that up, but it will be tough," Smith said. "They will have to have an off day and we will have to have a really good day.
"We have to go out on Monday and be really aggressive. If we can go the first few holes and make some great shots and get an early lead on the girls we're playing with, it might put a little pressure on them."
The SSHS JV was led by Allison Hefner with a 115 to give her a two-day total of 123. Kaitlyn Potts shot a 124, Sara Yosten a 128, Kourtney Hughes a 134 and Dunae Bain a 150.
District 12-4A Girls Golf
After two rounds
Team - 1. North Lamar 769; 2. Sulphur Springs "A" 786; 3. Paris 993; 4. Greenville 1,020; 5. Sulphur Springs "B" 1,021.
SSHS No. 1 - Whitney McDaniel 98-81-179; Kylie Littlefield 100-86-186; Britney Cheatham 100-92-192; Cherish Bolton 113-116-129; Jessica Anderson 118-125-143.
SSHS No. 2 - Allison Hefner 123-115-138; Kaitlyn Potts 125-124-149; Kourtney Hughes 125-134-159; Sara Yosten 147-128-175; Dunae Bain 152-150-202.