CLASS 3A GIRLS' STATE?GOLF?TOURNAMENT
The Salem Lady Greyhounds wrapped up an outstanding 2007 golf season by finishing third in the Class 3A State Tournament Sept. 24 at Conway Country Club.
This after the Lady Hounds had captured the district and regional tournament titles earlier in the month.
Conway St. Joseph, the defending state champs, came in first in the state round with a team score of 243, followed by Pottsville (255), Salem (287) and Smackover. Perryville and Camden Harmony Grove tied for fifth with a 326 each.
Stephanie McCullough and Annie Smith paced Salem by both shooting a 93 on the day, both earning All-State honors in the process.
Conway St. Joseph's Jessie Moix claimed medalist honors with an 80, while teammate Brooke Enderlin, last year's state medalist, carded an 81 for the Lady Bulldogs.
"I was really pleased with the way the girls performed this year," said Salem Head Coach Larry Brown. "They played in some very difficult conditions this season. It was really hot at a lot of our matches, but that didn't slow them down one bit. They never complained. They just fought through the temperatures and just kept hitting and working on their games. I'm proud of them."
And according to Brown, the future of Lady Hound golf should look bright beyond this year.
"We were a young team," he said. "We're going to miss Jenny Neal (senior), but Stephanie and Annie will be back, plus we've got some other young girls coming up, so we should be in good shape."
The Greyhounds, who came in third in the regional tournament, also earned a trip to the 3A State Tournament, Oct. 1 at Big Sugar in Pea Ridge.
Shiloh Christian won the regional tourney with a 257, followed by Valley Springs (261) and Salem (269).
Though they didn't claim top honors in the regional round at Turkey Mountain, the Greyhounds did have the top individual score of the day, as J.W. Blevins earned medalist honors.
Tied with Valley Springs' Cody Gregory at 77, Blevins won a playoff to top Gregory.
Shane Smith carded an 86 for Salem, while teammates Matt Twilley finished with a 106 and Jon Goodson a 111.
"We were a little disappointed that we didn't win the regional, since it was on our home course," said Brown. "But we did have some good scores for the day and made it to the state tournament. We're proud of that."