Tiger golfers top Lions, give coach first victory
Alex Phelps picked up his first win as the head coach of Marshall County's golf team when the Tigers defeated the Columbia Central Lions in their season opener on Thursday afternoon at Saddle Creek Golf Course.
MCHS posted a team score of 170 after taking the top four rounds from six players, while Columbia Central finished with a 185.
"It feels great to get that first win. We could have played better, but we played well enough to win," said Phelps. "We want to stay around 160 as a team. We have to stay away from big numbers and avoid three putting."
Senior Brooks Leftwich was the low man of the match for Marshall County and shot a 40 over the front nine holes at Saddle Creek to help lead the Tigers to the victory.
"I nominated Brooks to be our captain because no one works harder than him. He's definitely a solid golfer and is going to be one of the guys that we depend on this year," said Phelps.
Aided by a chip in birdie on the par-four eighth hole, Zach Davis bounced from an early triple bogey and followed Leftwich with a 41. Kasey Beard also carded a 43 for the Tigers, while Davis George tallied a 46.
Despite bogeying the last hole, the Lions' Jackson Calvin turned in the best round of the day and recorded birdies on the second, third, and seventh holes en route to shooting a two-under par 34.
"I think he can play at par every time out. He has a swing coach and played all over the state this summer," said Columbia coach Hal Murrell. "He's not one of those kids that just plays occasionally. He's a golfer. He has the goal of making the State Tournament this year and that's certainly attainable."
The Lions, however, saw a significant drop off after Calvin, as David Sheppard followed Calvin with a 48, while Nolan Bone and Robert Johnson shot a 49 and a 54 respectively.