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After strong showing, SHS golfers eyeing state tournament

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Sikeston junior Bill Green (left) and sophomore Dakota Trevino
SIKESTON -- After a one-year hiatus of no state qualifiers in golf, the Sikeston golf team got back on track this year with a pair that qualified at the Eagle Lake Golf Course in Farmington Tuesday.

Not only did sophomore Dakota Trevino and junior Bill Green qualify, but Trevino ended the day as the Class 3, District 1 champion, Sikeston's first since Brandon DeWitt in the 2000 season.

Trevino's 79 tied him with North County's Chris Spitzmiller for district champion honors. Green also received all-district honors, shooting an 84 which placed him seventh.

The two advance to the state golf meet at Deer Lake in Springfield on May 14 and 15.

"The one thing is they golfed very smart," Sikeston golf coach Rick Oetting said. "That's something we haven't had a lot of this year. They took the course the way they should and had good course management and the scores showed it. They both have been varsity players since their freshman year. They've got experience and it helped at district."

Sikeston sophomore Dakota Trevino works on his putt.
Trevino shot a six-over par, 42 on the front nine in the district and needed a strong round on the back nine to have a chance at the championship.

He did just that as he shot a 37 to finish with a 79 overall.

"I didn't have the slightest clue I could win it," Trevino said. "It didn't even cross my mind. My main goal was to shoot at least an 83 so I could qualify. It just so happened that I turned it around on the back nine. It's the best round I've shot this year. I hasn't quite hit me. People have come up to me to congratulate me. It's different. It's exciting. Lets see what we can do at state."

Part of Trevino's turnaround may have had a little luck to go with it. After losing his sand wedge, Oetting found a club that matched just before the district meet.

"It brought me right back in the zone -- I think that's what it was," laughed Trevino.

Oetting said he always thought Trevino could possibly challenge for a district title, but just needed a little tweaking in his short game.

"We've all kind of felt his potential was there," said Oetting. "It's been one of those years where it hasn't been working. We got his club selection down for him and that seemed to give him confidence in his shot. His speciality is the short game and that's what's been struggling this year. We found a club that gave him that confidence again. It didn't take him long to turn it around. One week with a new club and he ended up making district champ.

"You don't expect that one great round on the particular day that it should matter. One thing Dakota has done is he has really prepared for this moment. He spends a lot of time working on his game in the summer."

As for Green, qualifying for the state tournament was a goal from the start.

"I was sure I could qualify for state -- I didn't know how well I'd do, but I knew I had the ability to qualify for state," Green said. "I started on the back nine and I had a rough time back there.

"I brought it around on the front nine and I was determined I was going to make it to state this year. So I just worked as hard as I could on the front nine."

Oetting felt the two golfers used their experience of playing at the Farmington course in the past to their advantage.

"Another year of maturing and playing the course better and smarter made for a very successful day," said Oetting. "They were familiar with the course and it showed."

Before heading to Springfield, Sikeston's team will finish the season in the SEMO Conference Tournament at Dalhousie Golf Course in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday.

For some golfers it will be their last match of the year. Trevino and Green just want to place as high as possible and prepare for the state tournament. "I think conference I should medal," said Trevino. "If I play my best at state I don't know if I can win. Those are some good guys up there. I'm hoping to at least be in the top 15."

Said Green: "I think if I shoot well at Dalhousie for conference I think I might medal. With state play I have no idea. Even if I play my best I'm not sure where I'll finish. It'll be a lot harder place than I've ever gotten to play at."