Hussey, Ross compete at state
By Ty Loftis
Berryville's McKayla Hussey and Eureka Springs' Katelyn Ross each competed in girls golf state tournaments this week.
On Tuesday, Hussey shot an 82 at Big Sugar Golf Course in Pea Ridge. That was good enough for a second-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament and she will advance to the state overall tournament on Oct. 11 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock. At the overall, Hussey will face the top three golfers from each classification in the state. Hussey is the only female golfer to ever represent Berryville at the state overall tournament.
"McKayla did outstanding," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "She shot an 82 on a very difficult course. Hard work pays off. She has worked and worked since her freshman year and put herself in this position."
On Wednesday, Ross shot a 96 at the DeGray golf course in Bismarck. That was good for a fifth-place finish at the Class 2A state tournament.
"She had her goals set higher," Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. "She wanted to get back in the overall. She wanted to play better, but didn't quite get there. The competition was stiff this year. There were several good golfers. She had a hard time putting. That cost her a little bit, but all in all, it was a good day."
It had rained over the weekend in Bismarck, which forced the tournament to be pushed back to Wednesday. Rambo said the weather still played a factor even though most of the rain had moved out.
"It dried out pretty well for Wednesday's round, but it still sprinkled here and there," Rambo said. "It slowed the greens down. It just made things really hard, but it was the same thing for everybody."
Compton said getting to compete in this tournament at the end of the year will be a great way for Hussey to close out her high school golfing career.
"First off, I think she is going to compete well in the overall," Compton said. "I know that a lot of colleges are interested in her. For the college coaches who don't know about her, being able to compete in this competition will be a good way to open their eyes to her. She is going to have opportunities to pick and choose where she wants to go. That is very rare for someone to have that talent and those opportunities. I am very proud of her."
Rambo hopes Ross will learn from her state tournament experience and will come back determined to do better her senior year.
"Most importantly, she has to understand that she has to put more time in," Rambo said. "She has been given a God-given ability. I think she understands that she has the potential to reach the summit in 2A golf, but she still has some work to do."
On Thursday, Green Forest's Ashley Farrar competed at the Mountain Ranch Golf Club in Fairfield Bay. Results from the Class 3A state tournament will be published in Tuesday's Midweek edition.