Berryville golfers heading to state

Friday, September 23, 2016

After a few great rounds of golf on Tuesday at The Creeks in Cave Springs, the Berryville Lady Bobcat golf team, along with Ty Allen and Cole Parton, will be going to the class 4A state tournament starting next week. The Lady Bobcats finished second in the district tournament, shooting a cumulative score of 312 to finish seven strokes behind first-place Huntsville. McKayla Hussey shot a 92, while Hayley Rivett shot a 106 and Anna Stone shot a 114. Maryn Jones shot a 121.

Coach Brent Compton is proud of the way his girls performed under such high pressure.

"We have improved week in and week out," Compton said. "Under pressure circumstances yesterday, they brought their game and played well."

Hussey, who went off with the first group, finished with the top score in that group and for a time, it was believed she was going to be the individual district champion.

"Going into the clubhouse, we actually thought that McKayla had won the district tournament," Compton said. "After a slow start, she came all the way back and won her group and we thought she had won it, but overall it was a great day."

The boys finished in third place, shooting a 278. Shiloh Christian won and Pea Ridge finished second, posting a 261. Allen and Parton each shot 86, while Rusty Colbert shot a 106 and Luke Sugg shot a 151. Berryville played The Creeks numerous times this year and Compton said there weren't as many scoring chances as usual on Tuesday. That is why he was pleased with the way Parton and Allen were able to navigate the course.

"All the scores were elevated a little bit," Compton said. "They usually have chances to score a little bit lower than that, but they made it in and they are proud of that. They are going to go down and compete well in the state tournament, both boys and girls."

The girls state tournament will take place at the Maumelle Country Club and the boys state tournament will take place at the Stuttgart Country Club. Heading into the state tournament, nobody has any knowledge of these two courses, but Compton said everyone is looking forward to the challenge.

"It's an honor to make the state tournament," Compton said. "It's a tough thing to do. We normally have kids who make it every year and hopefully we are going to continue to do that."

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