Car­di­nals Win Dis­trict Golf Crown

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Humphrey

CAVE SPRINGS — The 2018 Dis­trict 4A-1 boys golf cham­pi­onship be­longs to Farm­ing­ton with the Car­di­nals edg­ing out Shiloh Chris­tian by one stroke Tues­day, Sept. 18, 2018, at “The Creeks” in Cave Springs.

Farm­ing­ton’s team score was 249 fol­lowed by Shiloh Chris­tian with 250. Farm­ing­ton’s var­sity team is made up of four fresh­men, who all shot well: Rhett South, 70; Lan­don Law­son, 82; Clay­ton An­twine, 97; and Dakota Bo­gan, 101. South fin­ished No. 1 in the field.

Farm­ing­ton up­staged the de­fend­ing state cham­pion Saints coached by Ron Somers. Shiloh Chris­tian won the 4A boys golf cham­pi­onship in both 2016 and 2017. Three mem­bers of last year’s team grad­u­ated, but with three state ti­tles in four years the Saints have taken their pro­gram to a very com­pet­i­tive level. Ben Fowler re­turned from last year’s team.

“Rhett was the medal­ist,” said Farm­ing­ton coach Randy Osnes, who first learned of South’s skill level three years ago dur­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with the boy’s dad.

Tour­na­ment play be­gan at 9 a.m.

and tem­per­a­tures rose quickly. By 11:15 a.m. the ther­mome­ter had risen to 85. South said the heat com­bined with com­pe­ti­tion of play­ing for state tour­na­ment qual­i­fi­ca­tion gen­er­ated an im­pact.

“It was pretty tir­ing, it was more men­tally tir­ing than any­thing. It made you drink a lot of water,” South said. “My goal was to just let all the prac­tice pay off. I’ve prac­ticed my en­tire life to be the best and it fi­nally paid off for me.”

Gravette coach Bryan Bear­den no­ticed the added stress a few holes into the course, not­ing his boys: Kee­gan Bulza, fresh­man; Brax­ton Mul­doon, fresh­man; Jesse Frye, sopho­more; and Michael Duke, fresh­man; were tak­ing on the chal­lenge.

“They’re fight­ing, but they’re play­ing well,” Bear­den said. “It’s still early. Golf is a tough game. It’s tough on any­body.”

In ad­di­tion to the top two teams, four in­di­vid­ual boys golfers qual­i­fied for state: Har­ri­son Cato, of Pea Ridge, shot a 78; Mul­doon fin­ished with an 84 for the Lions; Jared Swope, of Pea Ridge, had a 91; and Rusty Col­bert, of Ber­ryville, shot a 93.

Gen­try sopho­more Clancy Milam was the only boy par­tic­i­pat­ing for Gen­try.

“There is no leader­board, you just play the best you can and it works out the way it works out,” Osnes said. “It worked out pretty well for us to­day. I’m very happy for these young men, as young as they are, to ac­com­plish what they’ve done as fresh­men.”

The quar­tet achieved their team goal to make it to state as fresh­men play­ing high school golf.

“It’s a big deal, we all came out here with a mind­set we knew what we wanted to do,” Bo­gan said. “At the end of the day we ac­com­plished our goal.”

An­twine at­trib­uted team­work and mu­tual sup­port to the win­ning ef­fort.

“It feels good know­ing they al­ways have my back on the course and that if I play bad they’ll back me up,” An­twine said. “It’s a team sport and we won it to­gether. When we win, we win as a team.”

Now they have qual­i­fied for state, the boys set their eyes on an even big­ger ob­jec­tive.

“The goal for state, ob­vi­ously, is to go win it,” Law­son said. “As for a team score any­thing un­der a 240 would be our goal. I think that would get us up there pretty good.”

Even as they cel­e­brated dur­ing the awards pre­sen­ta­tion, the Car­di­nals were al­ready con­tem­plat­ing what mea­sures to take to trim strokes off their team score.

“We all have weak­nesses, but we just need to work on those and make them our strengths go­ing into state,” Bo­gan said.

High school golf doesn’t draw many spec­ta­tors, but Bo­gan ac­knowl­edged the men­tor­ship of Osnes and par­ents.

“Coach Osnes is the man, he’s very sup­port­ive along with all the par­ents,” Bo­gan said. “The par­ents, they are the big­gest sup­port line.”

State Boys 4A golf will be held at the Sage Mead­ows Golf Course in Jones­boro on Tues­day, Oct. 2. Driv­ing dis­tance from Farm­ing­ton fol­low­ing U.S. 412 and U.S. 62 is 261 miles with a pro­jected drive time of five hours and 15 min­utes along the two-lane high­ways.

“Our main goal, of course, would be to win state,” South said. “We want to play our best and see what hap­pens. To win it def­i­nitely would be a dream come true.”


Har­ri­son won the 4A-1 girls dis­trict golf ti­tle in their first sea­son since drop­ping down from the 5A West. The Lady Goblins com­piled a 290 team score; while Gravette’s girls team of Lizzie El­lis, sopho­more; Kee­ley Bulza, se­nior; Brooke Deihl, sopho­more; and Tia Burger, sopho­more, were the dis­trict run­ner-up with 324, which qual­i­fied them for state.

Kate­lyn Swope, of Pea Ridge, shot a 79 to be­come the girls medal­ist. Ber­ryville’s McKayla Hussey shot an 80 to place sec­ond. Emma Cox, of Huntsville, and McKayla Ham­monds, of Pea Ridge, each fin­ished with a 101. Cox beat Ham­monds in a play­off for the No. 3 spot.

The Lady Pi­o­neers were able to com­pete with a three­girl team of se­nior Lau­ren Fol­ger com­bined with fresh­men Cora Bass and Bai­ley Lemke, but didn’t have a good out­ing. The Gen­try girls fin­ished in the lower tier of the stand­ings.

“We didn’t do very well,” said Gen­try coach Tim Fulks.

Farm­ing­ton fresh­man Bai­ley Cuz­ick is the only girl out for the Lady Car­di­nals. She shot a 110 at dis­trict.

“It was a good year, it was funny, since I was the only girl, hang­ing out with the guys all the time, but it was a lot of fun,” Cuzik said.

Her goal for next year is to shoot un­der 100, be­come a bet­ter golfer all-around, and get more girls to come out for the team.


The Farm­ing­ton High School boys golf team coached by Randy Osnes won the 4A-1 Dis­trict cham­pi­onship on Tues­day, Sept. 18, 2018 at “The Creeks” golf course at Cave Springs. From left: Tren­ton Sisco, sopho­more; Wes­ley Bridges, sopho­more; Clay­ton An­twine, fresh­man; Lan­don Law­son, fresh­man, Rhett South, fresh­man (medal­ist); Dakota Bo­gan, fresh­man; Cody Bal­lard, sopho­more; and Jonathan Brye, ju­nior.


Farm­ing­ton fresh­man Bai­ley Cuzik was the only girl to come out for golf this sea­son. She shot a 110 at the Dis­trict 4A-1 golf meet held Tues­day, Sept. 18, 2018, at “The Creeks” golf course at Cave Springs.

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