EL DORADO â€“ The Benton girls finished second and the boys fifth in the 18th Annual Simmons First Wildcat Invitational Golf Tournament at the par-71 El Dorado Country Club on Monday. The Lady Panthers shot a 312 coming behind a dominate performance from Conway, which shot a 251. Smackover was third at 331, El Dorado fourth, Camden Harmony Grove and Sheridan. Conwayâ€™s Logan Tolliver took the overall girls title with an 80, while her teammate Alexis McDaniel shot an 81.
â€śThe girls played really tough, really well,â€ť Benton Coach David Torres said. â€śI was real pleased with the girlsâ€™ team. They shot really, really well under brutal conditions again. It was hot and El Dorado has a hilly course. I think weâ€™re getting used to the conditions more.â€ť
Conway also took the title on the boysâ€™ side shooting a 314 and edging host El Dorado by four strokes. Fordyce (324) took third, White Hall (325) fourth and Benton sixth at 336. Conwayâ€™s Whit Parker and El Doradoâ€™s Gage Parker each shot a 72 for the overall lead.
â€śSam Eddington played really well,â€ť Torres said. â€śHe finished tied for fourth. The guys just struggled a little bit, but looking at the bright side, El Dorado beat us by 30 strokes in Texarkana (Thursday) and only beat us 18 [Monday]. So weâ€™re closing the gap. We just want to keep closing the gap for conference and eventually defend our (6A South) title.â€ť
For Benton, Eddington, a sophomore, led the Panthers with a 78, followed by freshman Cole Treeceâ€™s 83. Sophomore Joe Adams had an 86, senior Matthew Perry scored an 89 and sophomore Jack Jumper chipped in with a 92.
The Lady Panthers were led by sophomore Kristyn Coffmanâ€™s 102, followed by sophomore Savanna Simpsonâ€™s 104, senior Karli Lipinskiâ€™s 106 and junior Jenna Jamisonâ€™s 106. Sophomore Abby Penningtonâ€™s 124 didnâ€™t count toward the team total as the top four score count.
The Panthers will play at Hurricane Creek at 3:30 p.m. today in Bryant, weather permitting.