Tigers top Rockets on the links

Friday, August 10, 2012
Marshall County's Brooks Leftwich shot a 38 over nine holes at the Lewisburg Recreation Center to help lead the Tigers to a 165-183 win over Forrest on Tuesday. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After splitting a three-way match with East Hickman and Lincoln County last week, the Marshall County Tigers golf team picked up their second win of the season on Tuesday afternoon when they defeated the Forrest Rockets at the Lewisburg Recreation Center in the Jabber's "It's Time" tournament, which celebrates the first day of school for local students.

Taking the four best scores out of six players, the Tigers (2-1) finished with a 165 over nine holes, while the Rockets (0-1) tallied a 183.

Sophomore Brooks Leftwich was the lone player to break 40 on the day and carded a 38 to lead Marshall County. Austin Blade followed Leftwich with a 41, while Miller Sale and Derrick McKnight recorded scores of 42 and 44 respectively.

Forrest's Blake Tansil posted a team best score of 41 in the Rockets' match against Marshall County on Tuesday afternoon.

"We are playing about where I thought we'd be. Our top three players are right on pace and we're looking for a fourth guy to step up consistently. Derrick McKnight did that for us today. Our team goal is always to shoot 160. We shot 165 today so we have to find a way to drop five shots," said MCHS coach Brent Johns. "Brooks shot exactly what he should shoot on this type of course. With his talent level, that's about as bad as he should shoot out here."

Senior Blake Tansil posted the low round of the day for Forrest and paced the Rockets with a 41.

"For the first time out I thought we did pretty well. We have a young team. We've got two seniors and the rest are underclassmen and eighth graders. The more we play the better we're going to do," said FHS coach Kyle Stacey. "With Blake being one of the seniors, you expect him to be one of our leaders. He's practiced and played well this summer.

Marshall County's Miller Sale blasts a drive down the fairway on the first hole at the Lewisburg Recreation Center.

Gary Lukonen also turned in a solid round for the Rockets and finished with a 43, while Austin Nichols and Hawken King registered scores of 49 and 50 respectively.

Forrest's Austin Nichols chips onto the green of the first hole at the Lewisburg Recreation.