Wildcat golf team finishes second at SSHS tournament
From Staff Reports

Feb. 28, 2006 - Monday's first golf tournament of the season for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats looked like a District 12-4A preview. Hopefully, the real thing will work out as well.

In a field with five of the district's six teams competing at Sulphur Springs Country Club, the Wildcats finished second to Texas High and ahead of North Lamar, Greenville and Paris.

SSHS junior Dustin Gideon led the charge with a round of 74 that head coach Doug Evans called "simply outstanding."

The Wildcats carded a 321, while Texas High had four golfers shoot under 80 to finish at 307. North Lamar was third at 338, followed by Greenville (359), Texas High JV (361), Paris (363), Sulphur Springs JV (370), Mount Pleasant JV (415) and Greenville JV (429).

The top two teams at the district tournament, which will be three rounds played March 27, April 6 and April 10 at three different sites, will advance to regional. So, Evans was pleased with how the team competed.

"Texas High came in and played like we expected them to - they shot a 307," Evans said. "We shot a 321, which we were pleased with, but it could have been quite a bit better.

"That puts us pretty competitive, and that's what we wanted to see. We wanted to see how well we could compete with Texas High. In third place was North Lamar at 338, and that made us feel good because we believe North Lamar is the other team we have to compete with for the top two spots."

The top four golfers for Sulphur Springs finished at 85 or better, led by Gideon, who was one stroke better than Texas High's Caul Corbell.

Senior Chase Helm shot an 80 for the Wildcats, while senior Seth Northcutt finished at 82 and freshman Joe Ross carded an 85. Sam Dolan shot a 93.

Evans said while Northcutt and Ross shot well, it was below what they expected on the home course. They both are capable of shooting in the mid-70s, he explained.

"If those two guys shoot what they expect of themselves, then we're down to about a 307 ourselves," Evans said.

Helm came through with an 80, which was the seventh-best score on the course. He was headed for an even better round, perhaps a 76 or 77, but a tee shot hit a rock and ended up in the water, and Helm finished at four-over over the final three holes.

Evans was pleased with his junior varsity, especially Robby Moore, who finished an 84 and who will be "making a push to play on varsity," the coach said.

Lane McClung carded a 92, Hesston Taylor a 94, Rob Russell a 100 and Jacob Cooper a 112 on JV. SSHS medalists were Price Orwosky at 107, Lance Knotts at 111, and John Holland at 119.

Next week, the Wildcats will travel to Denton for two days to play the regional course. Hopefully, they'll be back there in April.

Team - 1. Texas High 307, 2. Sulphur Springs 321, 3. North Lamar 338, 4. Greenville 359, 5. Texas High JV 361, 6. Paris 363, 7. Sulphur Springs JV 370, 8. Mount Pleasant JV 415, Greenville JV 429.

Top 10 - 1. Dustin Gideon, SS, 74; 2. Caul Corbell, Texas, 75, 3. Conner Ribble, Texas, 76, 4. Cabe Prieskorn, Texas, 78; 5. Chris Chewning, Texas, 78; 6. Chris Treadway, Texas JV, 79; 7. Chase Helm, SS, 80, 8. Zack Fischer, Texas, 81; 9. Chris Haayen, Greenville, 81; 10. Seth Northcutt, SS, 82.

SSHS Varsity - Dustin Gideon 74, Chase Helm 80, Seth Northcutt 82, Joe Ross 85, Sam Dolan 93.

SSHS JV - Robby Moore 84, Lane McClung 92, Hesston Taylor 94, Rob Russell 100, Jacob Cooper 112.

SSHS Medalists - Price Orwosky 107, Lance Knotts 111, John Holland 119.

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