Young SS golf team gets taste of varsity tournament
From Staff Reports

Oct. 25, 2006 - TEXARKANA - With four new members on the Sulphur Springs varsity golf team, including a pair of freshmen, the Wildcats got valuable experience last weekend playing in a rare fall tournament at two courses in the Texarkana area.

Senior Dustin Gideon, a three-time regional qualifier, is the only returning full-time varsity letterman for the Wildcats. He was joined by Robby Moore, who played varsity part-time last year, Heston Taylor and two freshmen, Adam Perry and Cort Walker.

Gideon, as expected, led the team with a 36-hole total of 159, including a well-played 78 on Saturday. He finished tied for ninth overall.

Perry shot an 84-87 to card a 171 total, while Moore was two strokes back at 173. Walker finished at 95-94-189, and Taylor carded a 196.

"Fall tournaments are really good when we have young kids, like we have have right now, to get over the nervousness of playing in a varsity tournament," said SSHS head coach Doug Evans. "I've got two freshmen, Adam Perry and Cort Walker, who really need this exposure. Heston Taylor played No. 5, and he's never been on the varsity before, and he needed that exposure as well."

Evans said Gideon was solid, especially on Saturday, when he carded a 78 at Texarkana Golf Ranch, a course the coach described as one of the toughest the team has played. Friday's round was played at Oak Grove Country Club.

"On Friday, Dustin struggled most of the day off the tee until he got to the last half of the back side. He just put his woods up and started hitting 2-irons off the tee and helped him salvage a decent score of 81. That's not as good as he would always like to shoot," Evans said.

"On Saturday, he was really playing well on front side, then struggled the last three holes to shoot a 42. Then, he comes back on the back side, has an eagle on a par-5 and shoots even par on perhaps the toughest course we've ever played. So, the 75 he shot Saturday was a really, really good score. He had never even seen the course before."

Moore had a good round on Saturday, hitting "nearly every fairway," Evans said.

He said the team as a whole played well in the fairway on Friday, but had trouble off the tee and on the greens.

"On Friday, the biggest problems were driving the ball and putting," Evans explained. "It seemed like after we got off the tee, we played pretty decent. But once we got on the greens we didn't putt very well. Those were the two biggest problems for us."

The team will play its final fall tournament on Monday, Nov. 6, at Mount Pleasant.

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