Rockets split early week matches; girls win both

Friday, August 26, 2011
Forrest's Dillon Dowler pitches up to the Par 4, ninth hole at Henry Horton on Tuesday in the Rockets' win over MTCS. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rocket golf team's district unbeaten streak came to a halt Monday as the Cascade Champions beat the home squad 156-175, but on Tuesday Forrest got right back on track with an easy 171-212 shellacking over MTCS.

On Monday, Cascade went low with Blake England leading the way with a 37, Lucas Dunnivant was one shot back of his teammate with a 38, Jake Pimental shot 40, Chad Gordon carded a 41, and Mason Brewer shot 43 for the victorious Champs.

Ryan Daughrity drains a long birdie from the front of the green on the 9th hole on Tuesday, finishing his round with a 41.

The Rockets top scorer on the Buford Ellington tract was Ryan Daughrity with a 38, Blake Tansil netted a 39, Dillon Dowler struggled home with a 46, Austin Nichols carded a 52, and Ty Hoeft and Tanner Garvin each came home in 53 strokes.

On the girls' side, the Lady Rockets eked out a two-stroke win over the Lady Champions 107-109 with Courtney Hollandsworth coming out on top of all the lady duffers with 52, followed in order by Courtney Hobby (57), Mandy Conley (59), Caitlyn Burt (68), and Alyssa Elliot (71).

Only the top two scores were used to determine the winning total.

Mandy Conley shot a 59 on Monday and a 54 on Tuesday as the Lady Rockets swept Cascade and MTCS.

Cascade's Ali Knighton led her squad with a 53, Kelli Ann Williams carded a 54, Allison Massey came home in 58 strokes, and Shana Schneider 65.

Dowler got his groove back on Tuesday at Henry Horton, firing a clean 40 to lead the Rockets to their victory over the Cougars.

Daughrity was second with a 41, Tansil carded a 43, Garvin showed some nice improvement with a 47, as did Hoeft with a 48, and Nichols ended up with a 51.

MTCS was led by Ian Harper, who shot 48, Joseph Warner netted a 49, Barron Courley finished his nine holes with a 56, and Ben Brown rounded out the boys' scoring with a 59.

The Lady Rockets won their second match of the week with a 108-120 win versus the Lady Cougars with Hobby and Conley shooting identical 54's.

Burt carded a 64 and Elliot finished with a 67.

Kayla Hickey led MTCS with a 50 and Jordan Gilliam shot 70.

The District 11A/AA Tournament will take place at Henry Horton on September 9.