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Sills, Tull, Vekasi, Slack lead BHS golf teams

State tourney-tested Emily Sills is the highlight golfer for Bearden High School.

But while Sills, a senior who earned a trip to the Class AAA state tournament last season, is part of only a two-person BHS girls team, the Bulldog boys are 10 strong for 2006.

Inexperience, however, is a major concern with head coach John Heins’ boys team.

The boys’ goal? “To go to the region,” Heins said. “We’re young, and the jury’s still out on this team.”

Junior Jeff Slack “is probably our best player,” Heins said. “He has golf on his brain, he wants to be a good player”.

Heins said senior Harrison Tull “is a streaky player” who at his best “has been medalist for us in a match or two the past couple of years. ... Harrison loves to play golf. Hopefully he’ll be right next to Jeff as one of our top two players.”

Senior Mike Vekasi has been the other top three Bulldog to date “who has had a couple of good qualifying rounds for us this year,” Heins said.

The coach labeled senior Will McWhorter “a nice surprise making the team.”

Sophomore Owen Shirk “has a good swing” and “a lot of potential,” the BHS skipper said while also giving similar praise to Eric Schwartz. “Hopefully [Eric] will learn a little bit and be a mainstay for us next year.”

Other Bulldogs are seniors John Tabor and Matt Lusk, and juniors Steven Reitzel and Justin Lowe.


As for Sills, “This is the hardest she’s worked in the summer, really prepared for her senior year,” Heins said. “She wants to play college. If she putts real good, I think she’ll really have a good year.”

The other Lady Bulldog, Arielle Notte, “likes golf, and she’s dedicating herself, she’s committed to the team,” Heins said. “She still has a long way to go, but she’s going to be a good player for us.”


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