SSHS golfers make good use of home course advantage

From Staff Reports

March 11, 2008 - The SSHS boys and girls golf teams both came away with the top two medalists and the top team finish in the small tournament they hosted on Monday at the Sulphur Springs Country Club.

Sophomores Adam Perry and Cort Walker shot 73 and 74, respectively, to top the leaderboard, while spearheading the Wildcats to a playoff victory over Yantis for the team title.

On the girls' side, junior Britney Cheatham won the medalist title, followed by sophomores Miranda Conway and Danielle Johnson in second and third. The Lady Cats easily won the team championship by 47 strokes over North Lamar.

The tournament was held despite very wet conditions exacerbated by early morning showers.

Boys

Perry shot a one-over par and Walker was two over to pace the Wildcats. Freshmen Cameron Wilks and Chance Byrd came away with a 79 and 88, respectively, while Mason Smolik shot a 94.

Overall, the Wildcats came in at 314, their best total of the season. They tied Yantis, which was led by Cord Burnett's 75, and won in a two-hole playoff.

The tournament was a confidence builder for the young SSHS squad, said coach Ross Funk.

"It was good to be at home, and you could tell they were more comfortable even though the playing conditions weren't very good. It was very wet, and you didn't get much of a roll," he explained. "I am very pleased with how they're playing at this point. We go into district in about two weeks, so it was good to get this win at this moment."

The Wildcats will play at Garden Valley Golf Course in Lindale next Tuesday, then start the first of three rounds of District 11-4A on March 4 at Paris.

"I'm very pleased with them," Funk said. "They're working hard, and hopefully we'll build on this win when we go into district in about two weeks."

Yantis had three other players shoot 82 or better as Carl Jordan carded a 77, Kenny Nunez an 80 and Darren Burgess an 82. Houston Tibbs rounded out the Owls' team with a 99.

Meanwhile, the SSHS junior varsity came in with a 419 total as Cole Cable led the squad with a 93. He was following by Cody Morgan at 101, Josh Gaines at 106, and Heath Hanna and Parker Simms each with a 119.

In the team standings, SSHS and Yantis were followed by Bonham with a 355 and the SSHS JV with a 419.

Girls

The Lady Cats beat two district competitors on Monday, compiling a 422 total compared to 469 for North Lamar and 536 for Paris.

Cheatham was the only player to break triple digits as she carded a 97 to win medalist honors. Conway came in at 103 and Johnson at 109, tying her third-place medalist with Holli Tedderz of Bonham. SSHS junior Kaitlyn Potts shot a 113 and freshman Kaley Perry had a 109.

SSHS coach Linda Rankin said the girls played through a drizzle for about two hours in the morning.

"I was proud of how the girls persevered and battled through some tough situations," she said. "They had puddles every where. There was about two hours there where it was misting and sprinkling, and pretty miserable for the girls.

"It went very well. We were very pleased with the girls overall effort and individual effort as well.

The girls also start district in two weeks, where they will be trying to defend their team championship from last year. Cheatham, Conway and Potts return from that team.

"They want to do their best every time, and that's what is going to make them good golfers," Rankin said of the team as a whole. "It was good for them to be on a familiar course and have a little bit of a safety net there.

"They are working hard every day, they are striving to get better, and they are working to fix the little things. They are taking the initiative to get better."

The SSHS JV team finished in fifth place, shooting a 556 total. Rachel Johnson led the team with a 119, followed by Megan Sickles with 136, Kayle Askins with 143 and Jamie Askins with 158.

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