Cornersville splits with Eagleville on links

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Cornersville's Zack Smith tees off on the fourth hole at the Lewisburg Recreation Center. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After recording season best scores in each of their last two matches, the Cornersville Bulldogs continued to raise the bar on Thursday when they defeated Eagleville at the Lewisburg Recreation Center to avenge a loss to the Eagles earlier this season.

Although they could only take the top four rounds from six golfers, the Bulldogs (4-5) had five different players shoot their lowest scores of the 2014 campaign en route to posting a season best team score of 167.

Top Bulldog

Junior Colby Downs recorded the best round of the day and led Cornersville with a 39. Having shot 39 or better in each of his three previous matches, Tate Lowery got off to a slow start on Thursday and was four over through the first three holes, but eventually settled down and shot even par the rest of the way to finish with a 40.

Aided by an eagle on the eighth hole, J.D. Crabtree fired a 43 as well, while Zack Smith tallied a 45. Matt Karban and Blake Calahan also notched a 46 and a 48 respectively for the Bulldogs.

"I'm really proud of the boys. That's the best match that we've played this season. We're starting to peak at right time," said CHS coach Joy McMasters. "Colby is very focused right now and is working really hard to improve his game."

Ransom McRee paced Eagleville with a 40, while Dakota Beech turned in a 42. Torey Fusco and Matthew Boyett both shot a 47 for the Eagles as well.

Cornersville's Carly Salsman chips onto the green on the fourth hole at the Lewisburg Recreation Center.


In the girls match, Eagleville defeated the Lady Bulldogs (3-4) for the second time this season after taking the top three scores from five players. The Lady Eagles posted the three best individual scores of the day en route to recording a 158. Cornersville, meanwhile, finished 12 strokes back with a 170.

Kenya Hackney and Abigail Greene both fired a 52 to lead the way for Eagleville, while Taylor Turnage tallied a 54.

Carly Salsman turned in the best round of the match for the Lady Bulldogs and shot a 55. Ellie Jackson also carded a 56 for Cornersville, while Emma Reese notched a 59.

Cornersville returns to play on Tuesday afternoon when they face Richland at the Lewisburg Recreation Center.