Senior Collin Hoyle staged one of his best performances of the season at the state 3A golf tournament last week, leading the Bulldogs to an 8th place finish with three solid rounds (80-79-76--235) and finishing in 18th place.
Teammate Jordan Barefoot was second for the Bulldogs, scoring well the first two days, but encountering problems on the third day and ending with scores of 80-82-93--255.
Tyler Moreno (94-87-84--245) was third for the Dogs and Christian Woodall (96-93-91--280) was fourth to round out the scoring.
The competition was held May 6-7 at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.
As a team, the Bulldogs, in their 11th consecutive performance at the state meet, finished in 8th place.
"I thought we played pretty well," said head coach Chase Todd. Collin (Hoyle) finished 18th out of 72 golfers and if not for a three-hole stretch where he doubled all three holes, he would have been much higher. He finished very strong with a score of 76 on the last day when the course was set up more difficult than the first day."
Barefoot started off good but had several penalty strokes on the last day. "Jordan played pretty well the first day but just had too many penalty strokes the second day," said Todd. "He was disappointed in his play the second day but he definitely had a great senior season, finishing in the top 10 in 5 events."
Moreno showed a measure of toughness on the first day after getting hit by a golf ball.
Said Todd, "Tyler showed a lot of toughness on the first day. A kid in his group hit a ball off a tree and it hit Tyler in the head. It left a pretty good bump. Luckily there was a doctor on the course and checked him out immediately. Tyler said he felt good enough to finish and went on to improve by 7 shots in the second round. In the final round he shot his best score ever with an 84. I told him he should get hit in the head more often."
Woodall made steady improvement throughout the meet, improving his score every day and Nolan Benn had his best round of the season with a 93, said Todd.
The Bulldogs will be losing the services of Hoyle, Barefoot and Woodall, who are seniors this season.
"Collin and Jordan have played a lot of tournaments for the Sulphur Golf Team since they were freshmen," said Todd. "They will be missed along with Christian. It was great to see them end their careers by leading our team to the state tournament for the 11th straight year.