Tigers top Hickman County and Summit

Friday, August 31, 2012
Marshall County's Austin Blade chips onto the green on the first hole at Saddle Creek Golf Course. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Everything was clicking for the Marshall Tigers on the links this past Tuesday afternoon, as they defeated the Summit Spartans and Hickman County Bulldogs by double digit strokes at Saddle Creek Golf Course.

The Tigers posted the top three individual scores in the match and shot a season low 160 as a team after taking the top four rounds out of six players.

"Hopefully we've turned the corner and can build on this momentum. We've been trying to shoot 160 the last two years and we finally accomplished that goal today," said Marshall County coach Brent Johns.

Marshall County's Brooks Leftwich sinks a short par put on the first hole at Saddle Creek Golf Course.

Junior Austin Blade turned in the best performance of his MCHS career and led the Tigers to victory by shooting an even par 36 over nine holes.

"Austin is steady all the time, but he's played really well lately. You can't tell how he's doing when he playing because he has a real calm demeanor. He acts the same whether he's playing great or whether he's playing bad," said Johns.

Miller Sale followed Blade with a 39, while Brooks Leftwich carded a 40. Patrick Kennedy and Derrick McKnight tied for the fourth best score on the team and both finished with a 45.

"Carson Hill, who is one of our normal starters, got sick today and couldn't play so I put Patrick Kennedy in the lineup and he shot a 45 to help us get to 160. Even though Derrick shot a 45 as well, it was nice to see that Patrick was able to step up in that kind of situation," said Johns.

Summit finished a distant second to the Tigers and were 16 strokes off the pace with a 176.

Skylar Cochran and Sean Samuels both carded a 43 to pace the Spartans, while Casey Szatkowski and Grant Robison notched a 44 and a 46 respectively.

Having defeated Marshall County three weeks earlier in Centerville, Hickman County had a tougher time away from their home course and tallied a 184 on the day. Tyler Lockhart and Eric Gilbert both shot a 44 to lead the Bulldogs, while Zach Bentley and Gage Bates each recorded a 48.

After facing Cascade and Webb at Riverbend Country Club this Thursday, the Tigers will participate in the Keith Maxwell Invitational Tournament next Tuesday at McMinnville County Club.