MCHS golf team earns split at Hickman County

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
arshall County's Brooks Leftwich, shown here against Forrest, shot a team best 42 over nine holes in the Tigers match against Hickman County and East Hickman on Thursday. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Despite shooting their highest score of the young season, the Marshall County Tigers golf team came away with a split in a three-team match against the Hickman County Bulldogs and the East Hickman Eagles on Thursday afternoon at Centerville Municipal Golf Course.

The host Bulldogs came out on top in the match and tallied a score of 175 over nine holes after taking the four best rounds out of six players.

MCHS (3-2) was five strokes off the pace and finished with a 180, while East Hickman brought up the rear with a 184.

"It was an unfamiliar course for our players and we just didn't play well," said Marshall County coach Brent Johns. "We had our first full day of school today and it was a long trip over here, but we need to play better and can't use that as an excuse. We need to be successful on any golf course that we step on."

Eric Gilbert was one of only two players to break 40 on the day and carded a 37 to lead Hickman County. Nathan Barber followed Gilbert with a 45, while Tyler Lockhart and Zack Bentley notched a 46 and a 47 respectively.

Sophomore Brooks Leftwich was the low man for the Tigers and shot a 42 on the afternoon. Miller Sale also tallied a 44 for Marshall County while Austin Blade recorded a 45. Derrick McKnight and Wilson Limbaugh tied for the fourth best score on the team after each shooting a 49.

East Hickman's Zach Thomas matched Gilbert's performance on the links and shot a 37 as well, but got little help from his Eagle teammates, as John Voyles, Chandler Rowe, and Aryan Jones each recorded a 49.

After facing Columbia Central and Community this Tuesday at Saddle Creek Golf Course, the Tigers will compete in the first leg of the inaugural Gary Wells Cup against county rivals Forrest and Cornersville on Thursday when they take on the Rockets and Bulldogs at the Lewisburg Recreation Center.