Anyone who plays the game knows that golf can be a humbling experience, but many life lessons can be learned in the process. How to deal with adversity in a manner that makes others proud of your demeanor when a ticking time bomb inside you is ready to explode outwardly and you learn to hold it inside and push forward to the end, for your school, for your family, and for yourself is hard.
Marshall County High School's Trey Cashion and Forrest's Coy Shultz did just that last week at the TSSAA State Class A/AA Golf Tournament at Old Fort Golf Course.
They were both there to win and play well, just as they have done all season in earning their spots at the tournament.
Circumstances did not turn out well as far as penciling their numbers on the scorecard, but both players showed the humility and grace that will be remembered by many who attended.
Cashion, a senior and playing in his last state tournament, shot 88 on Tuesday and 84 on Wednesday for 172 total. Cashion displayed the raw power off the tee box that sent the golf ball flying far past his partners, but the Tiger golfer was not on top of his iron and short game to make the most of his power.
Shultz, a junior was making his first appearance in state competition and showed well, shooting 84 the first day before ballooning to an uncharacteristic 97 the second day for a 181 total.
Shultz has got some game, displaying a tight iron game and signs of some real touch around the greens. The Rocket duffer will certainly work on his game over the next twelve months and come back strong for his senior season with hopes of returning to Murfreesboro.
It was a pleasure watching both players over the two days of the tournament and they both made all Marshall Countians proud of their humility and grace in the face of adversity.
The boys' individual winner was Payne Denman (Jr.) from DeKalb County who shot 67-72 for a 139 total. Shelby Gilbert (Sr.), from Notre Dame had bookend 71's for a 142 total to win the girl's title.
Team winners for 2008 in Class A/AA were as follows: Christ Presbyterian Academy 609, Anderson County 628, DeKalb County 632, Notre Dame 633, University School of Jackson 647, Loretto 671, Grainger 693, Madison Academic 719.
The girls' winners are as follows: University School of Jackson 308, Notre Dame 323, Anderson County 325, Portland 330, Santa Fe 333, Donelson Christian Academy 335, Claiborne County 355, Bolivar Central 364.