|Ladycat golf takes championship at Tanglewood Resort Shootout|
|From Staff Reports|
March 1, 2006 - POTTSBORO - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats didn't shoot as well as they have been, but they were still better than everyone else on Tuesday.
The Lady Cats shot a 390 at the Tanglewood Resort Shootout, which was higher than their previous two tournaments, but still low enough to claim the championship.
Junior Whitney McDaniel carded a 90, which was second-best individually, to lead the Lady Cats. Teammates Kylie Littlefield, Jessica Anderson and Britney Cheatham all came in at an even 100, and Cherish Bolton finished at 106.
SSHS head coach Rahn Smith said part of the blame for the higher scores rested on the extremely slow pace of play.
"It was bad conditions because it was so slow," he explained. "It took about six hours to play the round. We had some teams where it was their first tournament of the year, and it slowed things down a little bit.
"I think more than weather and wind and everything else, I think that affects you when you have to sit at the tee box and wait on everyone else. You can't get in a groove when you sit down and get cold while you're waiting for two groups to get done with the hole before you swing. So, I think that had a big affect on us."
However, he said the girls must adjust to that just like they must cater their game to the weather on any particular day.
"We knew coming in first and us not playing our best, it was a factor affecting everyone - it wasn't just us," Smith said. "But, it's a learning experience because we've got to learn to keep our focus during down times no matter what the conditions are."
The Lady Cats' score of 390 was eight strokes better than second-place Whitesboro and 18 lower than third-place Van Alstyne.
"All things combined, we did OK. It's not as good, of course, as what we're expecting now," Smith explained. "We ended up getting first place, and we're happy with that, but we know we can do better and we've just got to learn that when we have things happen like that, we've got to just block it out and play the course and concentrate a little bit."
In three tournaments this season, Sulphur Springs has claimed two championships and one runner-up. Their next tournament is Wednesday, March 8, at Buffalo Creek in Rockwall.
The SSHS JV went to Cooper on Monday and played at the Delta Country Club, where the girls finished third overall and first among junior varsity teams.
Sulphur Springs totaled a 464, led by a 101 from Kourtney Hughes. Kaitlyn Potts scored 114, Allison Hefner 118, Sarah Yosten 131 and Danae Bain 133.
Cooper's varsity won the tourney with a score of 384, while the Leonard varsity was second at 409.