Boys golfers fin­ish sev­enth at 6A state tour­ney

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - From Staff Re­ports

JONESBORO — The Siloam Springs boys golf team closed out its sea­son Tues­day with a sev­enth-place fin­ish in the Class 6A state boys golf tour­na­ment at Jonesboro Coun­try Club. Jonesboro won its eighth straight state ti­tle with a two­day to­tal of 595, shoot­ing a 288 on Tues­day af­ter a 307 on Mon­day.

Greenwood took sec­ond place at 632. The Bull­dogs trailed the Hur­ri­cane by four strokes af­ter the first day with a 311, but Greenwood shot a 321 on the sec­ond day.

Ben­ton fin­ished in third at 660 (335-325), fol­lowed by Texarkana 683 (343-340), Searcy 687 (344-343), Mar­ion 688 (351337) and Siloam Springs 737 (363-374).

“Go­ing into the tour­na­ment our goal was to play well on day one and get to day two as a team,” said Siloam Springs golf coach Michael Robert­son. “Con­di­tions were re­ally tough and we never ad­justed to the green speed. We just had way too many three­and four-putts on the greens and it re­ally hurt our scor­ing chances.”

Ju­nior Kar­son Cle­ment led the Pan­thers with a two-day to­tal of 181. Cle­ment shot 87 on day two af­ter card­ing a 94 on the first day.

Ju­nior Josh John­son shot 183 (90-93), while sopho­more Evan Sauer shot 185 (89-96), ju­nior Chase Beyer 196 (90-106) and sopho­more Luke Baker 198 (100-98).

“Com­ing into the sea­son we were very in­ex­pe­ri­enced,” Robert­son said. “We only had a couple guys with full-time var­sity ex­pe­ri­ence and a couple with none. All of our guys were able to get ex­pe­ri­ences on dif­fer­ent cour­ses that should help pre­pare us for the future. “Looking ahead we re­turn ev­ery­one who com­peted in the state tour­na­ment, which is ex­cit­ing. There will be a lot of un­knowns as far as what con­fer­ences and state tour­na­ments will look like, but I like the group we have re­turn­ing. We have a good group that will be se­niors, and I ex­pect us to im­prove on the progress we made this sea­son. We will take some time off and then get back to work.”

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