Allen gets all-state, Crider finishes 14th

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Berryville's Ty Allen shot an 84 at Tuesday’s Class 4A state golf tournament at the Red Apple Inn and Country Club in Heber Springs, which helped earn his team an 11th-place finish. Abdiel Marts shot a 105, while Rusty Colbert shot a 108 and Jace Walker shot a 151.

"It was a tough, tough course," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "It was a big honor to make it as a team. It's really tough to make it. It's a very tough course and very difficult and narrow. You don't have much room for error. I thought our kids competed well and represented our school district very well."

Allen's round of 84 was good enough for a 10th-place finish, qualifying him for all-state. Compton is glad Allen was able to accomplish that during his final season at Berryville.

"That's a very big accomplishment," Compton said. "It's well-deserving because he has worked hard. He is a good young man and he has had a great golfing career here at Berryville."

Eureka Springs' Levi Crider competed in the 2A state golf tournament this week. He shot a 100 on Tuesday at the Conway Country Club, good enough for a 14th-place overall finish.

"There were some guys shooting in the 70s and 80s," Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. "The course was tight and ball placement was at a premium. The greens were slick and fast. He didn't have a great ball-striking day, but he did fairly well. I was proud of him."

Crider's score of 100 was just a few shots away from qualifying him for all-state honors.

"Levi is only a 10th-grader and so he still has a chance to mature," Rambo said. "He is still fairly young. He has some real potential. He loves the game and works hard at it."

Rambo hopes that with Crider advancing to the state tournament, there will be a renewed interest in the Eureka Springs golf program.

"We have always had a pretty good girls program, but for whatever reason kids aren't coming out in numbers like they used to," Rambo said. "We would love to have two teams in the state tournament next year."

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