SSHS golfers de­liver strong show­ing in fi­nal home match

■ Kar­son Cle­ment shot an even-par 35 in Mon­day’s match.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - By Gra­ham Thomas Staff Writer gth­omas@nwadg.com ■

Siloam Springs’ senior golfers played their fi­nal home match Mon­day in a tri-match against Spring­dale Har-Ber and Van Buren at Siloam Springs Coun­try Club.

In the boys match senior Kar­son Cle­ment shot an even-par round of 35, but the Pan­thers came up a few strokes short as a team as Spring­dale Har-Ber won the match with a 150 to Siloam Springs’ 162. Van Buren fin­ished third with a 177.

“Our boys were re­ally close to great rounds,” said Siloam Springs head coach Michael Robert­son. “But give credit to Har-Ber, who played re­ally well.”

Cle­ment played one of the bet­ter rounds of his ca­reer and bounced back af­ter a tough bo­gey on hole No. 8. He came back and shot a birdie on No. 9.

“It was great to see Kar­son fin­ish strong,” Robert­son said. “He had a bo­gey on No. 8 then fol­lows it with a great birdie on 9 to fin­ish his round at even par to win medal­ist in front of many fam­ily and friends. Just a fun way to end his last home match.”

Senior Chase Beyer shot 41, while senior Josh John­son and ju­nior Evan Sauer each shot 43. Senior Trey Jack­son fin­ished with a 44.

Har-Ber’s Cole Bishop led the Wild­cats with a 36 while Spencer Emer­son shot 37, Bos­ton Max­ley 38 and Pey­ton Locke 39. Van Buren’s Tucker Anders shot a 41 to lead the Point­ers

In ju­nior var­sity ac­tion for Siloam Springs, Breck Soderquist shot 47, Ethan Owens 50, Owen Thomas 51, Max Perkins 53, Nick Gray 57, Ja­cob Smith 61.

In the girls match, senior Kait­lyn Robin­son shot a medal­ist round of 39, but the Lady Pan­thers lost 130-137 to Har-Ber.

“I thought Kait­lyn played re­ally well, maybe one of her best over­all matches to win medal­ist against a very good HarBer girls team,” Robert­son said.

Senior McKen­zie Blan­chard shot a 47, while senior Ken­dall McCormick shot 51, senior Jaelee Sny­der 52 and Chloe Rocha 61. In JV ac­tion, Kendi Williamson shot a 58.

Grace Kil­crease led HarBer with a 40, while Abbey Ott shot 42 and Macey Wyler 48. Van Buren had one in­di­vid­ual play as Haylie Girvin shot 68.

Siloam Springs is sched­uled to re­turn to ac­tion on Wed­nes­day at Alma be­fore play­ing next Mon­day in the 5A-West Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment at Ben Geren Park in Fort Smith.

“Proud of th­ese eight se­niors,” Robert­son said. “They have had great sea­sons and many of them have been var­sity con­trib­u­tors since they were fresh­men. Th­ese four years have gone quickly, and we are go­ing to miss all of them. But like I told them, this sea­son is not over yet and we still have work to do. We will look to fin­ish strong at Alma on Wed­nes­day and then head to con­fer­ence tour­na­ment on Mon­day. I ex­pect both groups to play well.”

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Siloam Springs senior Josh John­son at­tempts a putt on hole No. 8 Mon­day in a tri-match with Spring­dale Har-Ber and Van Buren at Siloam Springs Coun­try Club.

Gra­ham Thomas/Her­ald-Leader

Siloam Springs senior McKen­zie Blan­chard at­tempts a putt on hole No. 9 Mon­day in a nine-hole tri-match with Spring­dale Har-Ber and Van Buren at Siloam Springs Coun­try Club.

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