Tiger golfers defeat Forrest and Giles County

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Marshall County's Miller Sale hits a bunker shot onto the green on the fifth hole at Henry Horton State Park. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigers golf team ran their record to 16-5 on the season by defeating the Forrest Rockets and Giles County Bobcats in an 18-hole match at Henry Horton State Park on Thursday afternoon.

Playing their second 18-hole match of the season, the Tigers shaved 34 strokes off of their previous score and shot 330 as a team after taking the four best rounds from five players. Giles County placed second in the match with a score of 343, while Forrest tallied a 359.

Junior Austin Blade was just one of two players to break 80 on the day and led MCHS with a 78. Brooks Leftwich and Miller Sale also turned in solid rounds for the Tigers and carded an 80 and an 81 respectively, while Carson Hill recorded a 91.

Forrest's Blake Tansil sinks a short par put on the third hole at Henry Horton State Park.

"We played better than we did in our last 18-hole match, but a lot of that had to do with the course. Our kids are comfortable playing at Henry Horton and know the course pretty well," said Marshall County coach Brent Johns. "This should give us some confidence and I think we're starting to get some momentum. The winning team shot 333 in the District tournament last year, but it took 325 to win the Region so we still have a few strokes to go. I just hope we keep playing well."

Senior Blake Tansil continued his steady play for the Rockets and paced Forrest with an 81. Austin Nichols followed Tansil with a 90, while Gary Lukonen and Hawken King posted a 92 and a 96 respectively.

"I was pretty pleased with how we played considering it was our first 18-hole match of the season. I thought we would shoot a little lower, but some of our scores were comparable to what the Region qualifiers shot last year in the District tournament," said FHS coach Kyle Stacey. "I wanted our guys to get used to the feeling of walking 18 holes and I think that will help us in the long run."

Chris Hatfield tied Blade for the low man of the match and led Giles County with a 78. Cole Wade finished two strokes behind Hatfield with an 80, while Thomas Lockridge and Trey Rackley turned in an 89 and a 96 respectively.

Forrest and Marshall County return to the links on Tuesday when they face Cornersville in the final leg of the Gary Wells Cup at Henry Horton State Park.