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The Bryant girls golf team accomplished something this season that has never been done in school history â€“ make the second day of the state tournament as a whole team. This past week, the Lady Hornets competed in the 7A state tournament at Conway Country Club and walked away with a second-place conference finish and stalled at fourth in state, missing third by a single stroke.
The Lady Hornets shot a collective 274 on day one, finishing 10 strokes behind the conference champion Fayetteville.
The Lady Hornets were sitting pretty after Day 1 in third but a stellar day from Fort Smith Southside pushed Bryant back one spot.
"We had an excellent first day," Head Coach Keith Dale said. "We struggled a bit on day two and didn't play how we are capable of playing. Day 2 did not go near as well as it should have for us."
Juniors Peyton Weaver and Savanna Cathey shot opening day scores of 82 and 87 for Bryant. The Lady Hornets finished with an overall tournament score of 561. Conway took home the top spot with a 488. Fayetteville finished in second with a 528.
Weaver missed the overall state tournament by a single stroke as an individual.
After posting the school's best finish, Dale was very happy with his team's performance.
"I thought the finish was a pretty big accomplishment," Dale said.
Dale also has plenty to smile about when he looks at next year as well. Most of the 2012 Lady Hornets are young and all but one of the top five with be returning next season.
Other than Weaver and Cathey, Abigail McGee, who is just a freshman, will be back for another season in 2013.
Carley Miller is the lone senior in the top five for the Hornets in 2012. Also returning next season will be Tiffany Robinson who will be a junior next year.
"I have a really good feeling about next season and the years to come," Dale said. "We still have a lot of work to do but also a lot of time work on it. They will be able to improve over the summer since most of them participate in Junior Golf Programs in the state during the summer time."
Dale added that he sees great things to come with this group in the future.
The boy's team will participate in their state tournament on Monday and Tuesday at Centennial Valley Country Club in Conway.