Relationship again to the 1950’s, El Dorado has boasted one of many high highschool golf applications in Arkansas. Each girls and boys, El Dorado has gathered 17 golf state championships, tied with Cabot for second all-time behind Fayetteville’s 23.
This season, El Dorado added a pair of state titles to its complete because the Woman Wildcats and Wildcats claimed 5A State championships over the previous two weeks in Mountain House.
Coach Chris Ezell, golf coach at El Dorado for 18 years, has led this system to 6 state titles.
“Every state championship is particular due to on a regular basis you set in with every child that comes by means of this system,” stated Ezell.
“Getting each girls and boys titles in the identical season will likely be one thing that will likely be tough to high as a coach. That is my fifth women title, however first boys title. The final boys state title was 1987. In order that drought makes it actual important for our program.”
The Woman Wildcats’ state titles had been received in 2020, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2004, 2002 and 2000. The Wildcats had been state champs in 2020, 1987, 1973, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1953, 1952, 1951 and 1950.
Ezell stated this yr was additionally particular for different causes that attain past the course.
“This season has a bit additional private sentiment with my son, Aaron being on the group and him being the ultimate Wildcat to return off the golf course and it was his rating that secured the state title,” the coach stated.
“That reminiscence will likely be robust to beat as a father and coach. My dad was additionally there and watched his whole spherical, so we acquired to share that second with him as effectively.
“Having to attend for over an hour as the opposite teams completed was in all probability one of the vital anxious moments in my teaching profession.
“I’ve by no means been one to depend on something till that closing rating will get posted or the professional broadcasts the winner, in order that stretch in time appeared like an eternity. Particularly given the truth that all of our scores had been posted and there wasn’t something that we might do besides wait.”
Ezell stated the boys’ title was additionally particular due to the lone senior in this system.
“Preston Howard has been a unbelievable chief for us this season. He has been on certainly one of my groups since he was 10-years-old (archery at WMS). He actually developed into our No. 1 seed for a lot of the final two seasons.
“He will likely be missed from our program, however we had been in a position to ship him out in type. I can’t communicate sufficient about the kind of younger man he’s. I’m grateful he selected to be part of the golf group.”