|SSHS golfers have busy spring break|
|From Staff Reports|
March 18, 2006 - SSHS golfers had a busy start to their spring break, playing in two different tournaments in a span of four days, and the results got better as the week progressed.
The local linksters played 36 holes at the North Star Bank Invitational in Denton on Friday and Saturday, with every player shooting better on the second day than they did on the first.
The Wildcats finished in 12th place, but came back on Monday to take second place at Pleasant Grove's tournament at Northridge Country Club in Texarkana on Monday.
At Denton, the SS golfers struggled with high winds and with their putting, especially on the first day when they shot a 352. On Saturday's second day of competition, the turned in a 323 to total 674.
Senior Seth Northcutt had the best rounds, firing an 84 and a 77 for a 161 total, while junior Dustin Gideon shot an 89-79 for a 168. Senior Chase Helm shot an 87-86-173, freshman Joe Ross carded a 98-81-179, and Robby Moore had a 92-88-180.
"At the Denton tournament on Friday we really struggled with two things: the wind and putting," said SSHS head coach Doug Evans. "Most of my golfers hit the ball really high and so high wind is a big factor for us and it blew about 30-40 miles an hour all day for the teams that teed off later like us."
The conditions on the second day were "perfect," Evans said, resulting in the team cutting almost 30 strokes off its first-day score.
"But we still struggled with putting, and even though we shot a 323, we probably had 30 too many putts according to what you would normally have to have to shoot a good score," he explained. "That indicates that we hit the ball well, but putting killed us, and we feel that can be corrected."
At Pleasant Grove, the Wildcats shot much better, placing second with an 18-hole score of 315. They were eight shots behind first-place Longview Pine Tree, and four strokes ahead of district rival Mount Pleasant, the only other 12-4A team in the 14-team tournament.
Gideon tied for first by shooting a 74, and was involved in a six-way playoff, but lost it on the second hole when Forrest CarVejah of Arkansas High made a birdie. Gideon missed a birdie putt on the 18th hole to win it out right, and Northcutt bogeyed two of the last three holes to miss out on the play-off.
"Both golfers played outstanding rounds on Monday and Robby Moore played a very steady round with an 82 as did Chase Helm with an 83," Evans said, adding that Helm "hit he ball as well as anyone, but struggled with the putter to keep him from probably being in contention for the championship himself.
Sam Dolan and Lane McClung went as medalists, shooting 79 and 99, respectively.