Girls mark banner year in golf
Ken McLemore, Hope Public Schools

HOPE – The Hope High School Bobcat girls’ golf team finished its season this year at the state tournament after winning the 5A-South conference title for the first time.

“The girls’ team had a great year this season,” Coach Mike Godwin said. “There were two seniors, Tia Corbett and Sydney Watson, and a sophomore, Natalie Phillips.”

The girls won the conference title in Hope with Phillips shooting an 88, while Corbett and Watson had a round of 97 each.

Advancing to state tournament play in Hot Springs, Phillips shot a 103, while Corbett recorded a 121 and Watson shot 127.

“Tia and Sydney will be missed next year, but we appreciate the time and effort they gave for the Ladycat golf team,” Godwin said.

Corbett and Watson have played varsity golf for HHS for four years. Corbett is the daughter of Sam and Annette Corbett, and Watson is the daughter of Waylon Watson and Mary Ann Zimmer.

Phillips, the daughter of Scott and Holly Phillips, has played varsity golf for two years.

All three girls were named to the 5A-South All Conference team.

“The boys’ golf team this year consisted on one sophomore, Ben Knight, and two freshmen, Dalton Kenworthy and Kobe Watson.

Watson is the brother of Sydney Watson, and the son of Waylon Watson and Mary Ann Zimmer, while Kenworthy is the son of John and Nancy Kenworthy. Knight, in his second year of varsity play, is the son of Val and Kathy Knight.

Watson scored the low round for HHS in conference tournament play with a 115, followed by Knight at 126 and Kenworthy at 128.

The boys’ team did not advance this year.