SSHS linksters getting closer to where they want to be

From Staff Reports

Mar. 20 - MOUNT PLEASANT - Sulphur Springs golfers aren't quite there yet, but head coach Doug Evans knows they're not far away.

The Wildcats shot a 335 as a team to finish in sixth place at the Mount Pleasant tournament on Monday, their final tune-up before the three-round district tournament begins next week.

Senior Dustin Gideon fired a 75, which placed him fifth in the individual standings, while senior Robby Moore and freshman Cort Walker both carded 85s, freshman Adam Perry shot a 90 and Hesston Taylor finished at 94.

The wildcats finished in middle of the 12-team field, though they beat all of the other district competitors other than Lindale, which shot a 314 to come in second, and district favorite Texas High, which was not at the tournament.

Evans said the squad is close to chopping 15-20 strokes off its cumulative score. Keeping the ball inbounds and making more close putts will put them in contention for a regional berth.

"We're really playing a lot better golf than our scores are indicating," Evans said. "We're just tend to have one or two holes per kid per round that blows the scores up.

"Putting just continues to be our downfall. Even Dustin said yesterday he could have shot a 68 if he had all the putts fall that were inside of 10 feet. So, he's really hitting the ball great, and so are the other kids for the most part. We feel that if we can just putt the way we need to, the way I've experienced high school kids in the past have done, we could have broken 320 yesterday."

Gideon, a three-time regional qualifier, should compete for the individual district title, though Texas High has three players who will likely be in the mix, and Lindale and Mount Pleasant each had one golfer break 75 yesterday.

"Dustin is really playing steady," Evans said. "The last few rounds, you can't ask much more than what he's done."

For the Wildcats to get a team regional berth, they will have to place among the top two teams. The district tournament starts on Monday at Paris Country Club, hosted by North Lamar. The following week, the tournament moves to Mount Pleasant, then the last week will be in Texarkana.

"We're right there on the cusp of really being real good. We are playing pretty good most of the round and if we can fix some of our small problems that add up to disastrous holes we will have a good round," Evans said. "However, we only have a week to get it done because district begins next week."

Mount Pleasant Tournament

Teams - 1. Hallsville 311, 2. Lindale 314, 3. Pine Tree 315, 4. Atlanta 318, 5. Daingerfield 332, 6. Sulphur Springs 335, 7. Peasant Grove 335, 8. North Lamar 344, 9. Paris 349, 10. Chapel Hill 375, 11. Pittsburg 400, 12. Mount Pleasant (incomplete score).

Individuals - 1. Stetson McMillan, Lindale, 72; 2. Jade Scott, Daingerfield, 73; 3. Andrew Simons, Mount Pleasant, 73; 4. Austin Crossland, Hallsville, 73 ;

5. Dustin Gideon, Sulphur Springs, 75.

Sulphur Springs - Dustin Gideon 75, Robby Moore 85, Cort Walker 85, Adam Perry 90, Hesston Taylor 94.

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