Rocket golfers capture historic first win over MCHS

Friday, August 12, 2011
Forrest's Blake Tansil, right, who shot a 40, is all smiles as he gives knuckles to Ryan Daughrity after they learned they had defeated Marshall County for the first time in school history Tuesday at the Lewisburg Recreation Center Golf Course. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

On Tuesday at the Lewisburg Recreation Center, history was made as the Forrest Rockets' golf team defeated Marshall County High School for the first time ever by the narrowest of margins 173-174.

"That's exciting, I really wasn't expecting that," said Forrest head coach Becky Cheatham.

Forrest's Dillon Dowler drains a big putt during his round of 40, helping the Rockets garner their first win ever over Marshall County.

The match was the first of the year for the Rocket golf team.

"I knew we were OK with our first three, but in the end, we were good all the way down the lineup," said Cheatham. "I am really proud of the team's effort today."

The Cornersville Bulldogs finished in third place with a 194 total.

Blake Tansil and Dillon Dowler led the way for the Rockets, shooting identical rounds of 4-over-par 40s on the 2,846-yard layout.

"I expected that out of Tansil, he can do even better than that and I think he will be the one to watch as the year goes on," said Cheatham. "And Dowler has been around a while, so he did really well and Daughrity can do better than what he showed today, but as a team, they all pulled together."

Ryan Daughrity was next with a 46 and Austin Nichols finished off the historic win with a 47.

Marshall County's Justin Killian and lefty Austin Blade came home in 41 strokes, while Miller Sale shot 42 and Mike Brown rounded out the top four scores with a 50.

Lefty Austin Blade had a solid round of 41 for the Tigers, but it was not enough as they fell by one stroke to Forrest.

Wes Stringfield shot 50 for Forrest and Ben Briggs and Ryan McDaniel carded 52s for the Tigers.

Tate Lowery led Cornersville with a 45, Jacob Griffis signed his card with a 48, Andrew Belt came in with a 49, Neal Adams shot 52, and Taylor Carlton took 57 strokes.

Cornersville's Kaylee Cook gets out of trouble on the first hole as she executes a perfect cut shot out of the tree line. Cook would lead the Lady Dawgs with a 51 in their 105-134 win over the Forrest Lady Rockets Tuesday.

On the girls' side, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs easily defeated the Lady Rocket golfers 105-134 with Kaylee Cook taking home top honors with a 51, while Kaitlyn Rogers carded a 54.

"We don't have as much experience as the boys, but I am excited about the future," said Cheatham. "We have an eighth grader (Alyssa Elliot) and a freshman (Kaitlyn Burt) and the more they get to play competitively and get some practice time in, the better they will get."

Even the upper classmen on the team lack experience as junior Mandy Conley played her first competitive round of high school golf for Forrest and carded a 62, while senior Courtney Hobby, teeing it up for just the second time in high school, came home in 72 strokes.