Cascade tops Marshall County again on links in tri-match

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Marshall County's Brooks Leftwich, shown here against Franklin County, shot a team-best 38 in the Tigers' match against Cascade and Shelbyville on Thursday. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Cascade continues to be a thorn in the side of the Marshall County Tigers golf team, as the Champions defeated MCHS and the Shelbyville Golden Eagles in a tri-match on Thursday afternoon at Saddle Creek Golf Course.

Aided by strong performances from Tanner Banks and Tyler Huff, Cascade posted a team score of 156 after taking the top four rounds from six golfers. Marshall County (7-2) finished 11 strokes off the pace with a 167, while Shelbyville came in third with a 175.

Analyzing a loss

"Overall we played really well, but left a lot of strokes on the course. We could have won the match if we didn't have some big numbers on a few holes. I've talked to them about course management all year and making smart decisions. Sometimes you have to play for bogey," said MCHS coach Alex Phelps. "Cascade beat us by 20 strokes last year so we cut that in half. We could get them by the time the District tournament rolls around. Nobody on the team has ever defeated Cascade so we definitely want to beat them this year."

Banks was the low man of the match and led the Champions to the victory by shooting a two-under par 34 over the front nine at Saddle Creek thanks to birdies on the second, fourth, and ninth holes. Huff also turned in a stellar round and shot an even par 36, while Jack North and Chad Gordon both fired a 43.

Senior steps up

After posting the lowest score on the team in four of the Tigers' previous five matches this season, senior Brooks Leftwich once again delivered the best round of the day for Marshall County and paced MCHS with a 38.

"Brooks played well. He could have been really low, but missed a few putts. He bogeyed the first couple of holes again, but settled down and had a solid round. I think he's really close to breaking under par," said Phelps.

Wilson Limbaugh and Kasey Beard both carded a 42 for the Tigers as well, while Zach Smith and Davis George tied for the fourth best score on the team with a 45.

Chase Warren and Madden Reeves each shot a 42 to lead Shelbyville. Elliot Smith also turned in a 45 for the Golden Eagles, while Sam Orrell tallied a 46.