Sulphur Springs Lady Cats finish second at Rowlett Invitational

Feb. 23, 2006 - ROWLETT - A week after winning their initial golf tournament of the season, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats dropped 20 strokes off their total and came in second at the Rowlett Invitational at The Shores on Wednesday.

Led by an 81 from junior Whitney McDaniel, the Lady Cats posted a total of 374 to come in as runner-up to Plano East's 345.

"We played real well. We actually improved our score, but it was just real good competition at this tournament," said SSHS head coach Rahn Smith. "There were a couple of Plano schools and Garland schools that are always real competitive and in the regionals in 5A."

McDaniel's round of 81 was her best as a three-year varsity member and earned her third place in the medalist standings.

Kylie Littlefield dropped her score by one stroke to record a 92, and freshman Britney Cheatham came in with a 99, which was 12 strokes lower than last week. Cherish Bolton matched her score from last week with a 102, and Jessica Anderson totaled a 119.

Smith said the reason for the week-to-week improvement was the Lady Cats' short game.

"All of those scores combined ended up doing pretty well," Smith explained. "Everybody improved improved their score because I think we're getting better around the greens and from 100 yards in, which is key. I think that caused all of them to improve a little bit."

Following Plano East and Sulphur Springs' totals, Plano was third at 384. Other schools competing were Rockwall, Garland Naaman Forest, Rockwall Heath, South Garland, Mesquite, Rowlett, Richardson, Mesquite Horn, Mesquite Poteet, Ferris, Greenville, North Mesquite, Pleasant Grove and Stephenville.

"It was some real good competition that we got to see and performed well against," Smith said. "I thought we played real well. It was a little bit chilly, but they got out there and didn't complain about anything, like I had heard some of the other girls doing.

"Once we get into the competition we'll see in district, I think we'll do really well."

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