Marshall County High School senior Seth Lintz knows pressure. Lintz was an All-State selection and the ace of the staff as a pitcher on this year's Tiger baseball team when they went to the state tournament.
On Monday at the Region 6 Golf Tournament at Henry Horton State Park, Lintz used that big game experience as he squeezed into the final qualifying spot for next week's state tournament with a two-hole sudden death play-off victory over Brady Berlin from Wayne County. This will be Lintz's third consecutive appearance in the state tournament.
Lintz played in the first foursome out and came in with a score of 78. He then had to wait almost three hours to find out if his score was good enough to carry him on to Old Fort next week. Lintz finally got the word that he would have to play Berlin for the final spot, and the two-some went off the first tee late in the afternoon for the play-off.
Both players took a par on the first hole of the playoff. Lintz stepped to the tee at the long, par three second hole and floated a beautiful eight iron to about fifteen feet right of the back pin placement. Berlin pushed his tee shot over the green behind the pin and chipped back down the hill to about 20 feet.
Berlin putted first and left the ball above the cup, eventually taking a four on the hole. Lintz putted his ball underneath the hole, about four feet away. He calmly drained the next putt for par and the victory as the rest of his Marshall County teammates cheered him on.
"The only thing I was thinking on the four-footer for the win was 'draino'. It is a great accomplishment and a goal fulfilled for me to go to the state tournament," Lintz said coming off the green.
Marshall County head coach Gary Well said of Lintz's victory, "Under the gun, Seth came through with two pars. He played smart and made birdie beat him. I am very proud for Seth; he has worked real hard and is a good kid."
The State Tournament is next Tuesday and Wednesday at Old Fort Golf Club in Murfreesboro.
Giles County, Hickman County win team event
The Giles County Bobcats earned the boy's state tournament berth with a team total of 306. The Bobcats were led by low medalist Ashton Hopper, who blistered the course in a three under par 69. Marshall County finished in second place, nineteen strokes behind at 325.
On the girl's side, the Hickman County Bulldogs won the title with a score of 175, eleven shots better than Santa Fe. Tabitha Beard was low on the team with a smooth 82. Forrest finished in fourth with 243 and Marshall County came in fifth, scoring 265.
Kelly Maguigan completed the post-season sweep as she added the region medalist honors to her district win last week. The Page senior shot a five over par 77 and said after the match, "It feels great, I had a few shots I messed-up, but I putted really well."
This will be Maguigan's forth-consecutive state tournament appearance. She finished sixth last year, fifth in 2005, and well back in 2004. "I really like the greens at Old Fort and the course is always in good shape."