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Lady Wildcats compete in national golf tournament

Lady Wildcats compete in national golf tournament

The El Dorado girls golf team completed play in the National High School Golf Invitational at Pinehurst, North Carolina on Friday.

The Lady Wildcats finished 27th in the 29-team tournament, which was a three-day event, featuring the top girls’ golf teams in the country. El Dorado captured Arkansas’ 5A State championship this past season.

“We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to play at a national event like this,” said El Dorado coach Chris Ezell. “Our players and parents were excited for this experience for the girls and this will benefit them for the rest of their lives. The level of talent in the field was impressive. We can’t wait for the high school season to begin in August and will now focus on defending our state title.”

El Dorado shot a 404 on Pinehurst No. 8 course on Friday. The Lady Cats scored 394 on No. 6 on Thursday after an opening-day 414 on No. 9 on Wednesday.

Aubrey Marx led El Dorado, scoring a three-day 274 to finish in a tie for 142nd. Hope Walthall finished with a 296 to tie for 178th with Lani Hammock shooting 311, Alexa Hulsey 332 and Sydney Marx 343.

“It’s been a challenging week, but it’s brought us five closer together and we’ve made memories that will last a lifetime,” said Hammock.

Aubrey Marx led the team with an 88 on Thursday. She shot 90 on Wednesday before finishing with a 96 in the final round.

“I had a great time playing the courses at Pinehurst,” she said. “I loved meeting new people who enjoy the sport as much as I do.”

Georgia won the team title with 891 followed by Arizona (919) and South Carolina (924). Indiana’s Chloe Johnson was medalist, finishing at 1-under par 215, including a 69 on Friday.

“This was such an amazing experience and I am very grateful to have this opportunity for our team. I truly believe we grew as a team as well,” said Walthall. “The courses were in great shape and the people who helped were amazing. I enjoyed getting to play the sport I love with girls from all over the nation.”

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