The 2012 Arkansas girls golf state championships are in the books, and those books look good for golf teams and athletes in Fulton and Izard counties.
The Salem Greyhounds put on a great showing and brought home a silver medal, after finishing second in the Class 2A State Tournament. Senior McKenzie Jewell shot an even 100 on the course, and was named All-State. Senior Savannah Henley shot 116. Just two strokes behind Henley was sophomore Kendra Pendergrass. Sophomore Cloey Ginter shot a 150.
Salem's head coach Tim Eckman said he told the team it would be a hard course.
"I told them to be patient. It's a long course and it's difficult for everyone. I said they really needed to bear down and really grind on the back nine," Eckman said. "It's a hard course so I told them they would probably shoot higher than they normally would."
The class 1A tournament was held on Sept. 25, at the Magnolia Country Club in Magnolia. The Izard County Cougars took sixth place in the state as a team. The Cougars' Jordan Sherrell, Falyn Farmer, and Kelsey Fry took home third, 35th, and 38th, respectively.
Also in the class 1A tournament, Mammoth Spring's Caitlyn Vanginhoven was named All-State by taking eighth place.
The only team in the area competing in the 3A tournament was the Melbourne Bearkatz. Melbourne's team score was 352, which gave it eighth place in the tournament. Melbourne's top finisher was Mekee Bailey at 114, which was good enough for 28th place in the state. Cheyenne Boene was second on the team at 117 stokes. Emma Cooper shot 121, and Regan Wheelis shot a 143.
A Salem boys team finished tenth in the Class 2A Boy's tournament on Oct. 1.