Road comes to end for Lintz at State Golf Tournament

Friday, October 12, 2007

Private schools claim all four titles

Anyone who is a serious duffer can tell you that there are streaks in golf that baffle the mind. One day you can hit it straight, chip it close, and putt it true and then there are days that the ball curves out of control and the short game feel eludes even the best amateur golfers.

Marshall County High School senior Seth Lintz, this year's District 11A/AA Champion teed it up at the 2007 TSSAA State Golf Tournament at Old Fort Golf Club in Murfreesboro on Tuesday and Wednesday and gave it his best shot, but just didn't have his best game as he shot 79-91 for a 170 total.

David Joe from Goodpasture was the boy's winner at 64-71 for 135, Shelby Gilbert from Notre Dame shot 70-76 for a 143 total and the girl's title. The David Lipscomb boys and Donelson Christian Academy girl's won the team titles.

Lintz gets it to one under early on Tuesday

On Tuesday, Lintz was first off the tee at 8 a.m. and shot a workmanlike 79 in gusty winds to position himself within striking distance of capturing a medal.  

The all-state baseball player and University of Kentucky recruit looked on to begin the round Tuesday as he hit his normal draw just into the light rough on number one and easily hit out of the wet turf to the edge of the green where he deftly chipped the ball to within two feet and made par.

On the par five second hole, Lintz bombed his tee shot 25 yards past his playing partners, hit a laser iron 200 yards to the front edge of the green and easily got up and down for the birdie to go one under.

He made a beautiful up and down for par on the third hole to remain in red numbers, but pulled his second shot to the left on the fourth hole and had to make a 15 foot snake to save bogey and fell to level par.

Lintz sprayed his tee shot to the right on the par five sixth hole, knocked it over with his third shot and could not get up and down from behind the green. The bogey six moved him to one over.

On the severe dog-leg right seventh, Lintz hit his drive in the fairway, but pushed his approach shot and could not get up and down again and made his second consecutive bogey.

He steadied the ship on the par 3 eight with a nice two putt for par from 20 feet.

Lintz double bogied the ninth when he pulled his tee shot into the hazard on the left for a front side score of 40.

After a short break, Lintz came out with the big tee shot on ten, driving it past everyone else. He just missed the green to the right with his second shot and it looked like he would make eagle when his chip shot caught the edge of the hole and spun out. The easy birdie got him back to three over.

Lintz tried to pick up some ground when he took out the big stick and tried to drive up next to the green on eleven. He blasted the tee-ball, but it went too far and ended up through the fairway and into Stones River on the other side. The magic touch on his penalty shot was perfect as he stuck it to within 10 feet and drained the putt for par. 

Lintz hit his tee shot on the uphill par 3 twelfth hole into the front bunker and couldn't make the save for par. He marked a bogey on the scorecard and move back to four over.

He just missed rolling in a birdie putt on thirteen and made a tough save from behind the green for par on fourteen to stay at four over par.

The wind tricked Lintz on sixteen, as it had done to the majority of the field on the day, as he misjudged his second shot to come up short in the front bunker. He failed to get up and down and lost another stroke to par.

It looked like he would get one back on sixteen as he played the hole down the middle. His right to left fifteen foot putt burned the edge of the cup, but would not fall for the birdie.

Lintz struggled coming in as he made bogies on 17 and 18 to finish with the 79.

"I played a lot better on the back then on the front, but just did not score when I needed to. I could not make those 20 footers today. I misjudged the wind a few times, it just wasn't my day, and I'll play better tomorrow," Lintz said after coming off the 18th green.

Lintz yearns for one more chance

It was a forgettable round on Wednesday for Lintz as he never could get anything going and shot 46-45 for a 91 and what he called his worst round of the year.

"I just could not strike anything," he said. "It was my worst round and it was a bad time for it to happen."

This was Lintz's third appearance at the state tournament for the Tigers and said after the round on Wednesday. "I really wish I had one more year of eligibility, I have learned so much about the game. I am not disappointed in myself; I am disappointed in the score. This was fun while it lasted.

"I wanted to do well for Coach (Gary) Wells, he really believed in me and I want to thank him for that."

Asked about what he would say to other students that strive to become high school golfers, Lintz said, "Always believe in yourself and only be disappointed if you beat yourself. You can't worry about something you don't have control of."

Page High School's Kelly Maguigan almost achieved the trifecta as the District 11A/AA and Region 6 medalist shot 76-75 for a 151 total, just five shots behind the eventual champion.

This was the fourth consecutive appearance for Maguigan who finished 20th as a freshman, fifth as a sophomore, and sixth last year.

"I think this is pretty good Maguigan said after the medal ceremony, I am pretty satisfied. I have loved the experience of high school golf and the state tournament. The TSSAA does a great job and I had a great time. I hope to play in college."