District Golf: Score error mars first round for Cats

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

March 26, 2008 - PARIS - A scorecard error for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats' top golfer on Monday erased one of the best opening rounds in the District 11-4A tournament.

SSHS freshman Cameron Wilks shot a 74 at the Paris Golf and Country Club, which would have been the fourth-best round in district for the opening 18 holes. But, Wilks score was thrown out when he miscalculated and signed for a 73.

"It was a blow for Cameron, and it affected our team total," said SSHS head coach Ross Funk. "Unfortunately, it's a mistake that's made at every level, from PGA to high school. It's an oversight, and I think we learned a whole lot from that experience, and hopefully we won't have that happen again in the near future."

To emphasize Funk's point, two other golfers (one from Texas High and another from Mount Pleasant) also had their rounds disqualified for scorecard errors.

By not being able to use his opening round score, Wilks is unfortunately also not eligible to advance to regional as a medalist candidate because all three district rounds count in those standings. Had the Wildcats been able to use his score, their total for the first day would have been 328 and in fifth place. Their official score was 349.

Sophomore Adam Perry shot the Wildcats' best round on Monday, finishing with a 78, which tied him for seventh in the individual standings. Sophomore Cort Walker carded an 86, followed by Chance Byrd with a 90 and Mason Smolik with a 95.

The Wildcats also had two medalist players, sophomore Cole Cable shot a 94 and freshman Heath Hanna carded a 113.

The good news for the Wildcats is that they will host the district's second round on Monday at the Sulphur Springs Country Club. They shot a 314 on the course in a tournament earlier this year under poor weather conditions.

"Adam's playing well and we'll be able to use Cameron's score for the second round," Funk said. "I see nothing but improvement.

"The guys always seem to play a little bit more relaxed when we're here at home. I'm excited to see what we can do, and hopefully we'll climb up the leaderboard."

The district's third and final round will be played Monday, April 7, at Hide-A-Way Lake in Lindale. The top two teams and top two individuals not on those teams advance to the regional tournament.

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