Franklin County tops Tigers again

Friday, August 29, 2014
Marshall County's Zach Smith, shown here against Cornersville and Forrest, shot a team-best 38 in the Tigers' match at Bear Trace on Monday. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Franklin County defeated the Marshall County Tigers (8-3) on the links for the second time this season when they came out on top in a three-team match against MCHS and the Lincoln County Falcons at the Bear Trace Golf Course in Winchester.

The Rebels won going away and posted a team score of 163 after taking the top four scores from six players. Marshall County posted their worst score of the season, but still finished second in the match with a 185, while Lincoln County tallied a 188.

New experience

"We only had one player that had played this course before and it's a tough course. If you miss it hurts you and if you make shots it rewards you. Unfortunately, we missed on a lot of shots today," said MCHS coach Alex Phelps.

Franklin County's Chase Wheeler recorded the best score of the match and shot a two-over par 37 after playing the front nine holes at Bear Trace. Justin Smith turned in a solid round for the Rebels as well and carded a 39, while Sam Penny and Jace Smith notched a 45 and a 50 respectively.

Junior Zach Smith was the lone Tiger player to break 40 on the day and fired a three-over par 38. After double bogeying the first two holes, Smith settled down and shot one-under par the rest of the way.

Good day

"Zach hit good shots when he needed too and when he missed he missed in good spots. He also brought his putter with him and putted really well," said Phelps.

Brooks Leftwich followed Smith with a 44, while Patrick Kennedy and Davis George posted a 51 and a 52 respectively.

Hunter Middleton paced Lincoln County with a 42 and Blake Bassham shot a 44. Tyler McCowan also tallied a 50 for the Falcons, while Ben Cox tallied a 52.