|Lady Cats golf finishes third at Buffalo Creek|
|From Staff Reports|
March 10, 2006 - ROCKWALL - The SSHS girls golf team didn't shoot as well Wednesday as they would have liked, but coach Rahn Smith said that's not all bad.
The Lady Cats, winners of two of their first three tournaments, shot a season-high score of 403 at the Buffalo Creek course and finished third in the team standings.
High winds and a tough course contributed to some of the high scores, but Smith said the total will get the girls' attention.
"It was very windy, but we're still disappointed in our totals. It's the first time we've been above 400," Smith said. "We're more than capable of shooting in the 380s and 370s, even.
We're a little disappointed in that, but it's good in another way because I think we were starting to get a little overconfident in winning a couple of tournaments. So, this showed us that we still have a lot of things to work on before district. It was a reality check."
The Lady Cats finished behind first-place Atlanta (347), a perennial power in 3A golf, and Richardson Pearce (386), a 5A squad.
Junior Whitney McDaniel led Sulphur Springs with an 88, which was third overall in the individual standings. Junior Kylie Littlefield shot a 103, freshman Britney Cheatham added a 105, senior Jessica Anderson carded a 107, and junior Cherish Bolton shot a 115.
Only a handful of girls shot under 90, which was indicative of the difficulty of the course that day.
Smith said the layout of the course also showed the Lady Cats the areas of their game that need the most work.
"Buffalo Creek is a tough course with a lot of sand on it, and that's one of our weaknesses," Smith said. "We don't really have a place to work with a lot of sand. We're good from the tee box to the green, but I think around the green is where we need most of our work.
"This gave us something to work on and something to focus on, knowing that we've got to get better."
The Lady Cats were paired with golfers from Atlanta, who Smith characterized as "very consistent."
"That kind of showed us where we need to be if we want to be as successful as we'd like to.," he explained. "All in all, it was a good experience for them just to see that we're not where we need to be, and let's get out and get some work done before district gets here and defend the title they've had here the last few years.
The Lady Cats will take spring break off, then play March 22 at Wright Park Golf Course in Greenville before beginning their three-round district tournament the following week.
The Lady Cat junior varsity played a nine-hole tournament at the TPC at Craig Ranch in McKinney on Monday, and finished fourth overall.
Sarah Yosten led the squad with a 62, while Kourtney Hughes shot a64, and Allison Hefner and Kaitlyn Potts each carded a 65. Dunae Bain shot a 68.