Headed to Regional: SSHS girls win team title; Gideon headed to fourth regional meet
From Staff Reports
April 11, 2007 - NEW BOSTON - It came down to extra holes for Dustin Gideon on Tuesday, but there was clearly no such drama for the Sulphur Springs girls in the final round of the District 11-4A golf tournament.
Gideon, an SSHS senior, won a three-hole playoff for fourth place, earning a berth to the regional golf tournament for the fourth straight year.
"Now, it's a whole new season," said SSHS boys coach Doug Evans. "He has the talent to advance, it's just a matter of things going right for him at the regional tournament. He knows the course very well, so we're really looking forward to good things."
Even after 54 regulation holes, Gideon had to persevere through the extra three holes to break a tie for fourth place and earning First Team All-District honors.
SSHS senior Whitney McDaniel pulled away from teammate Britney Cheatham over the back nine to win the girls individual title. Cheatham finished second and Kylie Littlefield third overall.
The Lady Cats put even more distance between themselves and second-place Lindale, winning the tournament by a robust 140 strokes.
Sulphur Springs continued their strong play throughout the entire tournament in advancing to regionals with a total of 358 on the final day.
"I was real proud of them coming out with the best score we've shot all season," said SSHS girls coach Rahn Smith. "I'm proud of the way they did that and set the tone for regional.
"We wanted to finish well and set a good tone for the weeks leading into regional. When we first got there, it was raining. They ended up going out there and toughing it out."
The Lady Cats advance to the regional tournament with Lindale - who finished with a 1,237 total, with Mount Pleasant finishing third and Texas High finishing fourth on their home course.
McDaniel shot an 82 on Tuesday and finished six strokes better than teammate Cheatum, who shot an 88 at New Boston. Littlefield shot a 95 on Tuesday to finish with a 298 overall score.
"Whitney did what we expected. She struggled some on the front nine, but turned it around and shot a 1-over for the second nine, which is what we expect from here," Smith said. "Britney and Whitney were tied for the overall district lead after the front nine."
Kaitlyn Potts (93) and Miranda Conway (108) also fared well for the Lady Cats according to Smith.
"Kaitlyn Potts came up with her best round she's ever shot. She worked hard to get to that point," Smith said. "Miranda Conway stayed with her average.
"We're playing up to our ability, and having someone each round played very well, and that's what it takes as a team to win."
In the boys race, Texas High "A" won the district crown with a 297 overall score, while Lindale "A" finished second with a 317 scored and North Lamar "A" followed in third with a 329. The Sulphur Springs "A" team was fifth in the overall standing with a 342 team score.
Evans said having the chance to get Gideon to his fourth straight regional berth is something that he should be proud of.
"Dustin did what he needed to do. He was disappointed he didn't hang onto second place, but advancing to regional for the fourth year in a row is a big deal," Evans said. "He played really well except for three holes. He probably only had one really bad swing all day - on No. 13 he hit a bad tee shot and salvaged a bogey."
Evans said Gideon was holding on to second place until the 17th hole and was forced into a playoff on the final hole.
"He was tied for second place until he got to hole 17. He hit a wayward tee shot off the tee, but hit a great recovery shot and just barely missed a par putt," the coach said.
"On 18, he hit a bunker off the tee and there was just no way to get it to the green, so he had a bogey, double bogey which dropped him into a tie for fourth. He won a playoff for fourth."
Senior Robby Moore shot an 86 on the final day of the tournament and finished with a 267 total for the varsity. Teammate Hesston Taylor rounded out the tournament with a 101 on Tuesday and finished with a 302 total.
"Robby Moore played well, and he was close to shooting a really good score," the coach said. "His best district round was his last round.
"Hesston Taylor worked hard all the way. I had a parent from another team tell me that Hesston never gave up, always was polite and worked hard. Those are big deals. Those are things you're supposed to learn in athletics. He always tried and he always worked hard."
Team - 1. Texas High "A" 285-301-297-883; 2. Lindale "A" 315-326-317-958; 3. North Lamar "A" 307-329-329-965; 4. Mount Pleasant "A" 341-350-332-1,023; 5. Sulphur Springs "A" 339-346-342-1,027; 6. Paris "A" 331-357-344-1,032; 7. North Lamar "B" 328-359-346-1,033; 8. Texas High "B" 347-368-359-1,074; 9. Paris "B" 347-375-355-1,077; 10. Mount Pleasant "B" 402-388-383-1,173; 11. Lindale "B" 382-426-386-1,199; 12. Sulphur Springs "B" 400-427-427-1,254.
Sulphur Springs "A" - Dustin Gideon 72-73-79-224; Adam Perry 84-89-87-260; Robby Moore 89-92-86-267; Cort Walker 94-92-90-276; Hesston Taylor 94-107-101-302.
Sulphur Springs "B" - Josh Willis 95-102-127-324; Price Orwosky 99-101-107-307; Cole Cable 99-111-97-307; Lance Knotts 107-127-115-349; Medalist: Josh Gaines 116-111-108-335.
Team - 1. Sulphur Springs "A" 361-378-739; 2. Lindale 409-425-834; 3. North Lamar 934; 4. Texas High 491-473-964.
Sulphur Springs "A" - Whitney McDaniel 84-89-173; Britney Cheatham 84-92-176; Kylie Littlefield 88-95-183; Kaitlyn Potts 105-102-207; Miranda Conway 107-107-214.
Sulphur Springs "B" - Jandi Lawrence 128-128-256; Christa Wilks 117-140-257; Kaylie Coke 143-147-290; Rachel Johnson 128-DNP; Meentra Mirokotwichikarn 132-DNP; Medalists: Whitney Morgan 116-125-241; Steffe Wegenast 133-127-260.