After years of finishing runner-up in the conference meets, the North Pulaski girls’ golf team were assigned to a new conference this year and found themselves conference champs. Last week, North Pulaski won the 5A-Central meet by four strokes over Pulaski Academy.
"The last two to three years we were runners-up and really had better chances to win those years," Coach Robbie Walker said. "I knew it was going to be close, and I’m very proud of the girls."
Senior Tiffani Yarberry was medalist with a score of 97. Junior Jessica Erwin finished third overall, but the meet actually came down to what junior Tara Holt shot. Since the Falcons only had three players, they didn’t have the luxury of throwing out a score as three scores count in the team standings.
After talking to the other coaches and hearing Little Rock Christian and Pulaski Academy scores compared to the Falcons’ scores, Walker knew going into the meet it would be a tight race. He even sent a message to his girls the night before telling them the same thing.
"It was intense," Walker said. "I knew after Tiffani and Jessica’s score were in that we beat Little Rock Christian (finished third). It came down to what Tara did and Pulaski’s Academy’s last two girls. As I was writing down scores and looking up at the board, I knew it was going to be close."
The Falcons participated in the 5A state tournament yesterday at Hot Springs Country Club. It was supposed to be Tuesday, but a conflict on the course moved the meet to yesterday. Hot Springs Lakeside is the host, and the defending champions are playing on their home course. Walker was looking for a top 10 finish.
The Falcons finished third and do advance to the state meet Tuesday in Harrison. Little Rock Christian was the conference championship and Pulaski Academy was third.
"I honestly thought we could have shot 35 strokes better, but we played well enough to finish third," Walker said. "Little Rock Christian ran away with it, and their senior medalist was one under par. We had two guys do decent."
Sophomore Bodey Jackson was the Falcons top finisher. Seniors John Boll and T.J. Watts were second and third, respectively. Hunter Garrison and Chas Thomas rounded out the team.