Local golfers qualify for state tournaments
By Scott Loftis
Levi Crider and Katelyn Ross are going back to the state golf tournament.
Both Eureka Springs seniors qualified for their third consecutive state tournament appearance with their play at the A-1 district tournament in Melbourne on Monday, Sept. 23.
Crider shot a 97 to finish in a tie for fourth plays in the boys standings and earn all-conference honors.
Eureka Springs’ Kegley Ertel shot 137, followed by teammates Hayden Bullock at 139 and Matthew Lester at 142.
Ross, who finished third in the state tournament as a sophomore in 2017, took third place in Monday’s district tournament with a score of 93. Only the top two girls finishers received all-conference honors with just 12 competitors on the girls side.
The Class 2A girls state tournament was played Monday at Turkey Mountain Golf Course in Horseshoe Bend. The boys state tournament will be played Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Greystone Country Club in Cabot.
Green Forest freshman Leah Evans is headed to the Class 3A girls state tournament after shooting a 132 in the 3A-1 district tournament on Sept. 25. Classmate Katie Farrar shot a 136 but lost a one-hole playoff to determine a state tournament spot. On the boys side, Jacob Zimmerman shot 132 and teammate Alex Kilbourn finished at 134.
The Class 3A girls state tournament will be played Tuesday at DeGray Lake State Park Golf Course.
Berryville’s golfers competed in the 4A-1 district tournament on Wednesday at the Harrison Country Club after rain postponed the tournament by one day.
Nate Allen shot an 89 to lead the Berryville boys, followed by D.J. Colbert at 102, Jack Dignan at 107 and Brandon Robinson at 124.
On the girls side, Berryville’s Emma Hall shot 115 and Ava O’Gorek shot 119.