|Lady Cats golf team wins first place in Rowlett Invitational|
|From Staff Reports|
Feb. 15, 2006 - ROWLETT - Playing their first tournament of the spring golf season, the Sulphur Springs girls looked in midseason form.
The Lady Cats shot a total of 394 to win the Rowlett Invitational at Waterview Golf Club, beating second-place Carrollton Newman Smith by 27 strokes.
Junior Whitney McDaniel led the squad with a round of 89, which was fourth overall in the individual standings, while junior Kylie Littlefield carded a 93 (fifth individually) and junior Cherish Bolton had a 101, which placed her 10th.
Freshman Britney Cheatham, playing in her first tournament, carded a 111 and senior Jessica Anderson scored 119.
"We had two who had the best rounds they had ever shot in a tournament with Kylie and Cherish," said SSHS head coach Rahn Smith. "They had huge contributions.
"It was a team deal. Everybody shot well, and when you put all of those strokes together, we ended up winning by over 20 strokes. With Rowlett and Rockwall teams there, some of those teams that are usually pretty good, hopefully that will give us a little confidence and make us work to get better."
McDaniel could have shot better than her 89, but assessed a two-stroke penalty on herself on one hole and had a few "first tournament" mistakes, Smith said.
"Whitney played well, but didn't play as well as she thought she should have" he explained. "It was just little mistakes."
The course had "three of four" sand traps on every hole, Smith said, and the 30-mile per hour winds made the course even more treacherous, so he was pleased with the team's total.
"I thought we might average 390 over the course of the season, so this tournament, having a 394 is pretty encouraging," he said. "I thought we might struggle a little more than we did. But, they were pretty consistent most of the day."
The Lady Cats continue their season next Wednesday when they travel back to Rowlett to play at The Shores Country Club.