Tigers sweep four-team match

Friday, August 29, 2014
Marshall County's Wilson Limbaugh hits his tee shot onto the green on the par-3 seventh hole at Saddle Creek Golf Course. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Coming off their worst performance of the season a day earlier, the Marshall County Tigers (11-3) returned to form on the links this past Tuesday when they won a four-team match against the Lincoln County Falcons, the Spring Hill Raiders, and the Hickman County Bulldogs at Saddle Creek Golf Course.

Aided by another strong performance by junior Zach Smith, the Tigers posted a team score of 164 after playing the front nine holes at Saddle Creek. Lincoln County finished just one stroke off the pace and placed second with a 165, while Spring Hill came in third with a 174. Hickman County rounded out the field with a 190.

Another good day

Smith broke 40 for the third straight round and shot an even-par 36 with the help of birdies on the second and seventh holes to lead the Tigers to the victory. Wilson Limbaugh followed Smith with a 42, while Brooks Leftwich and Davis George both carded a 43.

Marshall County's Davis George sinks a short par putt on the eighth hole at Saddle Creek Golf Course.

"I'm definitely happy that we bounced back. We wanted to play well and beat all three teams. Zach played great and we had some other guys step up," said MCHS coach Alex Phelps. "Zach's confidence is high and his head is on straight, which is always important in golf. We tweaked a couple of things in his swing two weeks ago and ever since then he's been playing well. He's hitting a lot of fairways and greens right now."

Opponents' scores

Hunter Middleton recorded the second best score of the match and paced Lincoln County with a 37. Blake Bassham and Logan Smith both fired a 41 for the Falcons as well, while Ben Cox notched a 46.

Noah Gibson led Spring Hill with a 39 and Brandon Sanchez carded a 42. After shooting a team best 41 in their last match against Marshall County two weeks ago, two-time Girls State Tournament qualifier Libby Coop once again pitched in to help the Raiders and shot a 46, while Eric Binkley tallied a 47.

Colby Shelton turned in the best round of the day for Hickman County and carded a 43. Riley Qualls followed Shelton with a 46, while Cody Golden and Griffin Elkins recorded a 50 and a 51 respectively.