Young Wildcat golfers gaining varsity experience
From Staff Reports
March 4, 2008 - LONGVIEW - The young SSHS golfers are gaining valuable tournament experience these days, and learning to play through some difficulties along the way.
The golf team, composed of freshmen and sophomores, competed Friday and Saturday in the Good Shepherd Health Systems and Pine Tree High School Twisted 54 Tournament at the Wood Hollow Golf Course and Oak Forest Golf Club in Longview.
They didn't have an individual finish among the top 10 in the 16-team field as they shot 36 holes on Friday and 18 more on Saturday.
Freshman Cameron Wilks led the Wildcats by carding 72-79 on Friday, then finishing with an 85 on Saturday. Across the board, virtually every golfer's score rose on Saturday.
"Those are really solid scores for a freshman, especially on the first day," said SSHS head coach Ross Funk. "You really can't ask for anything better."
However, Wilks had two of only three sub-80 totals for theWildcats. The other was from sophomore Adam Perry, who shot a 76-83-83 on the 54 holes.
Funk said part of the concern for the Wildcats is to get adjusted to playing varsity tournaments on challenging courses.
"My kids will play a tournament, and they'll ask, 'Why can't we play a tournament like we do at home?' " he related. "It's just a matter of them getting tournament experience and playing with older kids and different kids.
"Once they start to feel comfortable in their own skin with their own game, I think we'll really see some good scores."
Along with Perry and Wilks, sophomore Cort Walker shot an 82-84-89 and Chance Byrd carded a 90-92-101. Cole Cable shot a pair of 88s on Friday, but was unable to play Saturday's course.
Mason Smolik and Heath Hanna rounded out the varsity team.
Liberty Christian won the team title with an outstanding 886 total, while Palestine was second and Pine Tree, which will be in Sulphur Springs' district starting next year, had a 901.
Nathan Weant of Hallsville won the tournament with a 65-73-72-210 total, edging out Texas High's Cabe Priestkorn, who had a 69-73-73-215.
The Wildcats will play Friday and Saturday at the Wild Horse Golf Club at Robson Ranch, hosted by Denton High School.
"We're looking forward to playing some good schools and getting more experience," Funk said.