Cascade repeats as region champ
The Cascade Champions have been the best golf team in the region all season and they backed it up once again on Tuesday, winning their second consecutive Region 6A/AA Tournament title by a wide 36-stroke margin over the second place Marshall County Tigers at the Lawrenceburg Golf & Country Club.
Forrest's Blake Tansil prolonged his fine senior season, shooting an 83 to earn the county's only state tournament berth when he defeated Giles County's Cole Wade in a one-hole playoff.
"I loved every second of the region tournament, it was something else," said Tansil. "I am pretty hot right now, I am thinking for state to have a chance to get top five and up I need to shoot 69 the first day and 72 the next day with a little tougher pin placements. As long as I get out there and have fun with it and just enjoy it in my senior year, that's all I'm looking for."
Tansil is 3-0 in playoffs this year and said about the one-hole playoff with Wade, "I have been pretty successful in playoffs lately, I was 2-0 going into that one and I thought all I had to do was get a par and win. After I saw his first and second shots, I thought I would get away with it."
First in 4 years
Tansil's state tournament appearance will be the first for a Forrest golfer since Coy Shultz qualified in 2008, also in the individual portion of the event.
"I can't take much credit for Blake," said first year FHS head coach Kyle Stacey. "He has played golf for so many years,he not only comes to all of our practices, he practices on his own and that's what it takes. I am just happy for him his parents, his grandparents and it's great to see a kid excel like that, have a goal and excel to meet his goal."Stacey added, "I think Blake has a good chance, he is consistent and I think he plays smart and he really thinks about every shot. Blake's a student of the game, without a doubt. He has handled the pressure all year, so I think he will be fine."
Tansil will go off the 10th tee at 8am and will be paired with Matt Chandler (McNairy Central), Brad Walker (Covington) and Kegan Riley (McKenzie)
The tournament, postponed because of a soaking rain across the mid-state on Monday, resumed under tough conditions Tuesday morning with temperatures in the 50's, with a misty rain and a soggy course.
The Lawrenceburg course is a tough tract under perfect conditions and the 5,800-yard layout played much longer on Tuesday, even under lift, clean and place provisions imposed by the region tournament director.
The Champions ended up with a cumulative score of 322 with Jake Pimental winning low medalist tournament honors with an impressive three over par 75.
Bryce Clinton was just three shots back of Pimental with a 78 to win third medalist honors, lefty Chad Gordon carded an 82, Tanner Burks signed for an 87 and Lucas Dunnivant shot an 88.
Marshall County ended up at 358 with Brooks Leftwich and Wilson Limbaugh shooting identical 89s and Carson Hill and Miller Sale both signed their cards with a 90.
Tiger junior Austin Blade played a great round, shooting an 82, which would have given him a wildcard berth to the state tournament, but he inadvertently signed for the wrong score and Blade was disqualified.
"Oh man, if that happened to me I couldn't handle it, that would have been heartbreaking,"said Tansil. "Austin is a good golfer and I think being a junior he has a lot to look forward to and he will definitely be in the state tournament next year. That's something you have to do, you have to check that scorecard at least six times, that's just too important."
On the Girls' side, four-time District 11A/AA champion Jessica Zwiefel from Page ran away with top medalist honors via a sparkling round of 77.
It will be the fourth consecutive state tournament appearance for Zwiefel, who finished just outside of the top ten last year, shooting a 161 (85-81) over two days.
Eagleville's Brooklyn Snell played her best golf of the year and came home as third medalist with an 85 and qualified for the individual portion of the state tournament.
The Lewis County's girls led by Taylor Hinson's 80 won the region title with a 184 to best second place Eagleville (194).
CalliAnna McDonald (104) and Anna Brewer (121) rounded out the Lady Panthers' scoring.
Hinson was the second medalist and Anna Horn from Summit took home fourth medalist honors with an 88.
Spring Hill's Libby Coop grabbed the last wild card spot with a round of 92.
Other team scores included Hickman County (197), Summit (209), Spring Hill (225) and Fayetteville (228).
Forrest's Caitlin Burt (123) and Maria Harris (154) did not qualify for the state tournament, slated to begin next Tuesday at 8am at the WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester.
Giles County 359
Thomas Lochridge 82 (4th medalist, state qualifier)
Cole Wade 83
Chris Hatfield 88
Josh McLemore 106
Trey Rackley 109
Joey Ferguson 89
Seth Staggs 90
Dylan Canerday 94
Matt Peery 95
Bailey Flatt 106
Grant Robison 88
Skyler Cochran 90
Sean Samuels 96
Ethan Gwinn 97
Casey Szatkowski 104
Perry County 388
Garrett Daniel 82 (state qualifier)
Cody Groom 96
Peyton Hinson 101
Quenton Hudson 109
Bailey Breeding 115
Kelby Ray 91
Tate Lowery 94
Blake Tansil 83 (state qualifier)
Gary Lukonen 86
Lake Lomax 85
Zac Thomas 78 (2nd medalist, state qualifier)
Will Mims 99
Zack West 86
Dakota Beech 92
Zach Potts 85