In only the second year of the program, the Maumelle golf team captured the 4A-4 golf title last week at Galla Creek in Pottsville. The Hornets easily won the title as they were 26 strokes ahead of second-place Subiaco.
"I knew we were winning but I had no idea by that many strokes," Maumelle Coach Michael Shook said. "I wasn’t surprised we won just surprised by how much."
Freshman Ryan Spurlock was the medalist and shot a 73. Senior Eric Myers was next with a score of 74 and freshman Caleb Kubacak finished with a score of 79. Senior Logan Joseph also participated and shot an 84. Only the top three scores are counted in the team standings.
"Ryan, I think, was better than he has ever been," Shook said. "And, Eric played well."
Next up is the state meet October 3 at Maumelle Country Club, hosted by CAC. The country club is the host course for CAC, and Shook believes the state title will be between Maumelle and CAC.
"Basically, we are a whole different team than last year," Shook said. "Ideally to win state or be runner-up in our second year would be great."
The girls finished third in the team standings and didn’t qualify as team for the state meet. However, individuals Vesna Petrovik and Riley Rucker participated in the state meet yesterday. The top two teams and the next four-best scores qualified for the state meet.
Petrovik, a senior, finished with a 114 at the conference meet which was the best score of the four individuals. Rucker, a junior, was the last individual to make the state meet with her score of 119. The meet was at Glenwood Country Club in Nashville.
"I’m really proud of the girls considering we just started the program," Shook said. "This is our first year, and we’ve already qualified. I knew we weren’t going to win, but thought we might be runner-up. But, we didn’t play quite as well."
With several good golfers in 4A, Shook is not sure how the girls would respond. Petrovik was excited while Rucker was somewhat nervous. But, he knew the experience would be good for them.