Highlander golfers beat injuries, rain to qualify for Class AAA state meet
PEA RIDGE -- In spite of heavy overnight rains, the Eureka Springs Highlander golf team made it to the Class AAA?State Golf meet Monday with a one stroke victory over rival Pea Ridge during AAA?regional tournament action on the Big Sugar course.
Salem won a playoff with Shiloh Christian to settle the first two places, then Eureka scored 261 to Pea Ridge's 262 to take the final place for state.
"It was an exciting finish," ESHS coach Aaron Hall said. "Kyle Coday had a wrist injury and couldn't play, so Dominic Hoffmann had to play with a bad shoulder to make our four.
"Kevin Storie finished first for us with an 80, tied for second medalist and had to play off with the same Pea Ridge kid he tied with at district. He lost this one and finished third individually.
"Josh Guindon shot an 88, and Craig Follmer a 99 when they came in. Dominic, an exchange student from Germany, came in the last group and came in with a 93. I knew it was close, but that let us beat Pea Ridge by one stroke.
"I was excited, then down, then Dominic came in and I got excited again,"?Coach Hall said.
The team finished second last year on their home course at Holiday Island, and were only four strokes off the lead this year.
"The four teams were close this year, not much difference between them. We were 11th at state last year, and want to do better this year,"??Hall said.
AAA STATE GOLF
The boys event will be played on Monday, Oct. 2, at the Course at River Oaks in Searcy. Kamarra Hoppe of Green Forest was the only county girl qualifying and will play on the Lions course in El Dorado on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
1- Salem- 257 (playoff); 2- Shiloh Christian- 257; 3- Eureka Springs- 261; 4- Pea Ridge- 262; 5- Valley Springs- 273; 6- Bergman- 280.
Individual- Medalist- Gregory from Valley Springs- 78. Eureka- Kevin Storie- 80; Guindon- 88; Hoffmann- 93; Follmer- 99. Green Forest- Terik Jones- 86; Josh Dudley- 100.
Coach Bill Niven took two golfers, Terik Jones and Josh Dudley.
"Terik did a good job,"?Coach Niven said. "The course was wet after a soaking, but he played solid. Shot a 43 and 43. He played smart and had good course management. He had the fifth-best score and qualified for state. Josh had one of his better rounds."