Lady Tigers take ti­tle

Ben­tonville High wins fifth con­sec­u­tive Wild­cat In­vi­ta­tional.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE CAP­SHAW

SPRING­DALE — A new­comer helped Ben­tonville High claim its fifth straight Spring­dale Har-Ber Wild­cat In­vi­ta­tional ti­tle on Thurs­day.

Lilly Thomas, a ju­nior move-in from He­ber Springs, fired a 2-un­der-par 74 to take top medal­ist hon­ors and pow­ered the Lady Tigers to an over­all score of 249, which was five strokes bet­ter than run­ner-up Green­wood’s 254. Thomas shot a 1-un­der 35 on the front nine and a 3-over 39 on the back nine at Spring­dale Coun­try Club.

“My putts on the front were good; I re­ally liked the greens on the front side,” Thomas said. “I re­ally trusted my lines on my putts on the front, but then on the back I had a few chunks with my wedge, so that’s why I strug­gled a bit there.”

Thomas, who also ex­cels in track and field, said a turn­ing point in her round came on hole No. 9.

“I couldn’t see the green and was be­hind a sand bunker on the left,” Thomas said. “But I got my dis­tance, so I went with the club I had and ended up six feet from the hole. That was a good shot that I wasn’t ex­pect­ing.”

At He­ber Springs last sea­son, Thomas fin­ished fourth in both the con­fer­ence and Class 4A state tour­na­ments. Her solid golf game was a wel­come ad­di­tion to a Lady Tigers’ squad com­ing off a run­ner-up fin­ish at last year’s Class 7A state tour­na­ment.

“To­day, she was strong

all-around,” said Ben­tonville coach Lind­sey Davis. “She missed a cou­ple of putts that would have re­ally helped her get a cou­ple of strokes lower. I told her that I was throw­ing her right in (to the team’s top spot) be­cause I had watched her play AJGA all sum­mer and knew that’s where she needed to be.

“And she stepped right up in her first tour­na­ment for us.”

Ben­tonville sopho­more Kinslee Miller fin­ished with the third-high­est score on the day with an 80 while Chloe El­lis added a 95 to round out the team’s top three golfers, which is used to de­ter­mine team stand­ings. Green­wood’s Syd­nie Gam­ble was run­ner-up with a 75 to pace her team’s sec­ond place fin­ish. Siloam Springs fin­ished third with Brink­ley Beever’s 88 lead­ing the way.

“Green­wood gave us a run for our money,” Davis said. “They were very good and Siloam is, too, so it looks like the field at is pretty even this year. We’ve got some work to do, but for the first time out, we did a great job.”

NWA Demo­crat Gazette/SPENCER TIREY

Green­wood’s Ella Austin chips out of the sand on hole No. 1 Thurs­day at the Spring­dale Coun­try Club.

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