The 7A state girls golf tournament stuck to the form chart Tuesday — except for a outstanding round from Fort Smith Southside’s Sydney Staton.
On a scorching afternoon, Staton had the hot round, firing a 2-under 70, besting defending Overall champion Casey Ott of Conway by seven strokes, and leading the Mavericks to the 7A Central title with a three-player score of 259 at Centennial Valley Country Club.
“I was hitting my irons really goo and stayed around the green,” said Staton, a senior. “It was won of those days, everything was working. But it was really hot. My shirt was really drenched on the first tee. I drank a lot of water, a lot.”
Conway, led by Ott’s 77, finished second at 268.
In 7A West competition, Bentonville’s Lilly Thomas fired a 78 for medalist honors in that conference as the top three golfers separated themselves from a bunched field.
Rogers edged Bentonville, 255-256, for the 7A West title.
The eight top teams plus leading individual scores will compete for the state title in the second round Wednesday with the first-round scores counting.
Three scores counted for each team.
In addition to Ott’s 77, Sydney Stiener came in at 86 and Sam Stiener at 105. Ott and Sydney Stiener earned all-conference honors
Southside’s other scores were; Terry Uhm, 90, and Katie Settle, 99.