Tigers defeat Columbia, Giles County on links

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Marshall County's Wilson Limbaugh hits a bunker shot onto the green on the third hole at Hillcrest Country Club. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigers golf team ran their record to 3-0 on the young season when they defeated the Columbia Central Lions and Giles County Bobcats in a tri-match on Monday afternoon at Hillcrest Country Club in Pulaski.

Marshall County had two golfers break 40 on the day and posted a team score of 159 after taking the top four rounds from six golfers. Columbia Central placed second in the match and finished 13 strokes off the pace with a 172, while Giles County came in third with a 185.

Expected goal

Marshall County's Zach Smith sinks a birdie putt on the third hole at Hillcrest Country Club.

"We expect to shoot this well," said MCHS coach Alex Phelps. "We don't want to ever be over 160 this year. That's our goal and I think it's an attainable one."

Aided by birdies on the third, fourth, and seventh holes, junior Zach Smith was the low man of the match and led the Tigers with a one-under par 35.

"The kid's got all kinds of potential. I thought he would shoot under par at least once this year," said Phelps. "He's been on the team for a couple of years so it's time for him to step up. It was nice to see him do that today."

Marshall County's Brooks Leftwich attempts a birdie putt on the first hole at Hillcrest Country Club.

Tiger scores

Brooks Leftwich turned in his second straight solid round for Marshall County and followed Smith with a 39, while Davis George carded a 42. The Tigers could take their pick for the fourth best score on the team, as Patrick Kennedy, Wilson Limbaugh, and Kasey Beard all shot a 43.

Jackson Calvin and Robert Johnson both carded a 41 to pace Columbia Central, while Nolan Bone tallied a 42. David Sheppard also notched a 48 for the Lions.

Marshall County's Patrick Kennedy chips onto the green on the eighth hole at Hillcrest Country Club.

Josh Rogers recorded the best round of the day for Giles County and turned in a 44. Trey Garrett and Josh McLemore each shot a 46 for the Bobcats as well, while Trey Rackley posted a 49.

Girls

In the girls match, Giles County and Columbia Central both fielded just one golfer. Crystal Pierce shot a 56 to bring home the win for the Lady Bobcats, while Taylor Bryant tallied a 64 for the Lady Lions.

Marshall County returns to action on Wednesday afternoon when they take on the Forrest Rockets in the "It's Time" Tournament at the Lewisburg Recreation Center.