Over the last two weeks, the North Pulaski golf teams competed at state tournaments and may have finished their guidance under Coach Robbie Walker.
After winning the 5A-Central meet, the girls finished 10th at the state meet Sept. 26 in Hot Springs. Senior Tiffani Yarberry and junior Jessica Erwin and Tara Holt combined for a score of 389 and placed ahead of fellow conference members Pulaski Academy and Little Rock Christian.
“We beat the two teams in our conference, and the girls really enjoyed the tournament,” Walker said. “Winning the conference was our goal after placing second the last two to three years. I’m really happy they achieved that.”
The boys’ team advanced to the state meet Oct. 2 at Harrison after placing third in the conference meet. Their performance at state didn’t go quite as well as the girls as they didn’t finish in the top 10.
“We didn’t play very well and our score was the worst we shot all year,” Walker said. “The course was set up hard with where the pins were placed and how fast the greens were. I thought some of the pin placements were completely unfair.”
Sophomore Bodie Jackson advanced to the state last year as a freshman as an individual medalist. He had the top spot this year followed by seniors John Boll and T.J. Watts.
“Our one, two and three guys were pretty set all year,” Walker said. “The four through eight spots were tight and pretty competitive, and we only lose two of the eight guys next year. Whoever takes over will have some good kids.”
As of right now, Walker won’t return as coach for the team. For the last five years, he has been performing the duties without pay and can’t justify doing that any more. He figures he spends 120 hours combined in the summer and during the season. Because his family likes to fish, the summer time can be used for enjoying that activity.
“I’ve talked to my wife and daughter and some other people and if they’ll pay me, I’ll probably do it again,” Walker said. “It is taking away from my family time, and my time is worth more than nothing.”