October 10, 2007 Edition

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The Walnut Ridge High School golf team finished the season as runners-up in the Class 2A State Tournament. The team is coached by Derek Bramlett (from left), and team members are Matt Ryan, Matt Hibbs, Barrett Kelley and John-Scott Kelley.

WRHS golf team
is 2A state runner-up

The Walnut Ridge High School golf team finished its most successful season ever with a runner-up finish in the Class 2A State Tournament held at the Lions Club Municipal Golf Course in El Dorado on Oct. 2.

The Bobcats shot a team score of 240, 18 strokes behind the host team, Parkers Chapel, who had the home course advantage.

Two named All-State

Walnut Ridge was led by senior Barrett Kelley with a score of 75, which was third place overall. Barrett and junior Matt Ryan, who followed with an 82, were both named All-State.

Sophomore John-Scott Kelley shot an 83, and senior Matt Hibbs carded an 85, with both just missing state honors.

Barrett Kelley's score qualified him for the overall State Tournament of Champions to be held Thursday at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock. The top three individual scorers from each class division at state qualify for this tournament.

This season was a team effort for the Bobcat golfers with each of the four players having won medalist honors in different matches. Ryan was medalist at the district tournament in Blytheville, while John-Scott Kelley held off teammate Matt Hibbs by one stroke to win medalist honors at the Regional tournament in Melbourne.

Derek Bramlett, Bobcat golf coach, said, "To have four golfers as good as we had this year made for a great season, a lot of fun ... I was tickled to death with the year they had."

Bramlett added that he is proud that Barrett will get to attend the State Tournament of Champions. He also said he looks forward to next year with two of these four golfers returning.

Matt Hibbs is the son of Roger and Debbie Hibbs, the Kelleys are sons of Terry and Sloane Kelley and Matt Ryan is the son of Terry and Regina Ryan.

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