Rockets off to flying start

Friday, August 19, 2011
Ryan Daughrity shot 37 on Monday versus MTCS and followed that up with a 39 on Tuesday, as the Rockets remained unbeaten on the season with a 173-182 win over Cascade. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets, coming off back-to-back wins over Marshall County and an easy win over MTCS on Monday, kept their early season District 11A/AA unblemished mark intact at 4-0 when they beat Cascade 173-182 Tuesday at Henry Horton State Park.

Ryan Daughrity, coming off a 37 on Monday versus the Cougars, led the way for the Rockets in the number three spot, posting a three over par round of 39 on the difficult front nine set of holes.

Daughrity started with a pair of pars, but bogies on the Par 5 third and Par 4 fourth set him back until a tidy birdie on the fifth hole righted the ship.

A solid par on the monster sixth hole was followed by a bogey on the short Par 4 seventh.

Daughrity knocked his ball onto the green at the uphill Par 3 eighth and made par before finishing his round with a bogey on number nine.

Dillon Dowler has been as solid as a rock this season, holding down the number two spot in the order and he turned in another nice round of four over par 40.

Dowler started with par on the 357-yard first hole before a double bogey on the Par 3 second hole set him back to two over.

Dowler fought his way back with four consecutive pars in the middle of his round and finished the last three holes at two over, including a nice par save on the uphill 388-yard Par 4 ninth hole.

Blake Tansil, playing in the number one spot in the Forrest rotation shot a 42 and started his round by hitting his opening tee shot onto the driving range and into the bunker on number one, but got up and down for a nice scrambling par.

Tansil made bogie on number two, but came right back with an easy birdie on the Par 5 491-yard third hole to stand at even par on the round.

From there, Tansil struggled a bit, but fought his way into the clubhouse with a respectable six over par day.

Austin Nichols hits out the bunker on the Par 5 third hole Tuesday as the Rockets beat the Champions by nine strokes.

Forrest needed a decent round out of Austin Nichols to secure the win over the Champions and Nichols was on his way to one of his best rounds of the young season until a quintuple bogie on the ninth hole expanded his score to a 52, but it was plenty enough for the Rockets' victory.

Lucas Dunnivant led Cascade in the scoring column with 42, Bryce Clinton shot 43, Hayden Burks carded a 48, and Blake England, Jake Pimental, and Mason Brewer all shot 49.

On the girls' side, Cascade beat the inexperienced Lady Rockets 105-114.

Mandy Conley drains a putt on the sixth hole during her round of 54 for Forrest.

Mandy Conley has shown rapid growth since first picking up a club this season and the junior led the way with a 54.

Senior Courtney Hobby carded a 59 and Caitlyn Burt is still learning to play the game and shot a 71.

Cascade's Kelli Williams led the Lady Champs with a 49, followed by a 56 from Ali Knighton and a pair of 61's by Allison Massey and Shana Schneider.

Lefty Courtney Hobby sinks a putt on the first hole as the Forrest senior continues to make improvement.