All three Carroll County schools send golfers to state
Golf season was in full swing this week, as all three Carroll County schools were competing for their chance to advance to the state tournament. All three schools will be sending competitors to the state tournament, highlighted by Berryville, which will be sending both the boys and girls teams to the Class 4A state tournament. In addition to that, McKayla Hussey was the gold medalist at the district tournament at The Creeks in Cave Springs, where she shot an 80.
"Sending a team to state is something we have done quite a few times in girls," Berryville coach Brent Compton said. "We have finished in the top six before as a team. We are kind of used to going as a team in girls, but in boys, we haven't done that as many times. It's a huge feat to go to state in both."
The Berryville boys finished second at the district tournament with a team score of 275. Ty Allen shot an 81, while Abdieel Marts shot a 92 and Rusty Colbert shot a 102. Jace Walker shot a 119. The Lady Bobcats also finished second. To go along with Hussey's 80, Anna Caroline Stone shot a 104 and Hayley Rivett shot a 107.
"We played some of these teams throughout the year, but we hadn't played Pea Ridge," Compton said. "We saw Prairie Grove a couple times, but weren't real sure about them. We went in on the boys side knowing we had a chance; we just weren't sure. Our kids just played lights out to get us in."
Compton said it will be tough to judge where Hussey's score of 80 ranks with other competitors across the state.
"It's a solid score, but it's hard to compare because of the different courses and how hard they are," Compton said. "McKayla has played solid golf, not only through this golf season, but through the summer, too. She has traveled all over the summer and put herself in position to do exactly what she did yesterday."
Eureka Springs' Levi Crider and Katelyn Ross shot good enough rounds at the district tournament at Winn Mountain Golf Course in Mountainburg to qualify for the Class 2A state tournament as individuals. Crider shot an 84 and Ross shot a 95. Both players finished second overall. Crider has recently started seeing progress in his game and coach Brian Rambo is excited to see what he can do at the state tournament.
"Levi has came a long way in a matter of two months," Rambo said. "He is really dedicating himself to the game, working on his swing, putting the time in and is going to his swing coach. It seems like something has really started clicking over the last two months."
Ross believes she can shoot better than a 95. If Ross can do that she could find herself in contention next week.
"Katelyn's short game is really good right now," Rambo said. "She is putting the ball and getting it close to the pin, but her ball striking is amiss right now. She isn't consistently hitting the ball well enough. She has to improve on that, but if she does, she won't have any problems getting in the 80s probably. If she does that, she will have a chance to get a top two or three in the state and maybe win it. She has that kind of potential."
Green Forest's Ashley Farrar qualified for the Class 3A state tournament for the third year in a row after shooting a 95 at the district tournament at Coopers Hawk Golf Club in Melbourne.
"The state tournament is right back at Melbourne where districts were on Tuesday," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "She likes that course so she will see how things go next week."
Kyle Farrar said it is an honor for Ashley to qualify for the state tournament for a third year in a row.
"It's a great feat for her to accomplish, now hopefully she can go over there and play well," Farrar said. "She really likes that course."
The Class 2A, Class 3A and Class 4A girls state tournaments will all be played on Tuesday. The Class 2A tournament will be held at the DeGray Golf Course in Camden. The Class 3A tournament will be held at Coopers Hawk in Melbourne. The Class 4A tournament will be held at the Maumelle Country Club in Maumelle. The Class 2A boys tournament will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Conway Country Club in Conway. The Class 4A boys tournament will also be held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Red Apple Inn in Heber Springs.