Tigers conquer Hickman County at Skyview course

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Marshall County's Zach Smith, shown here in a four-team match at Saddle Creek, shot a 39 over nine holes to help lead the Tigers to a win over Hickman County on Thursday. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigers (12-3) defeated Hickman County on the links for the second time in three days when they beat the Bulldogs at Skyview Golf Club in Centerville on Thursday afternoon.

MCHS had lost to Hickman County at Skyview each of the last two years, but the Tigers finally got the better of the Bulldogs on their home course by posting a team score of 164 after taking the top four scores from six golfers.

Although Hickman County showed improvement from their previous matchup against Marshall County two days earlier and shaved 17 strokes off their team total at Saddle Creek Golf Course, the Bulldogs still finished nine strokes back of the Tigers with a 173.

Peaking perfectly

"It's definitely satisfying putting up a good score at that course. We're on a roll right now in terms of reaching our goal of shooting around 160," said MCHS coach Alex Phelps. "I feel like we're peaking at the right time. Districts are next Monday and I feel like we have a chance to compete and possibly win it."

Having broke 40 each of his three previous matches, junior Zach Smith continued his recent hot streak by shooting a 39 to help lead the Tigers to the victory. Wilson Limbaugh and Davis George also turned in solid rounds for Marshall County and each carded a 41, while Brooks Leftwich fired a 43. Tyler Wunderlin and Patrick Kennedy tallied a 48 and a 49 for MCHS as well.


"Wilson has been swinging the club beautifully lately. He's swinging well enough to shoot 36 or 37, but has a couple bad holes here and there," said Phelps. "He's striking the ball as well as anyone on the team right now and it wouldn't surprise me if he shot under par soon."

Colby Shelton and Madison Smith both shot a 42 to pace Hickman County. Riley Qualls also notched a 44 for the Bulldogs, while Zack Bentley posted a 45.

After competing in the McMinnville Tournament on Tuesday, the Tigers will compete in another 18-hole match on Thursday when they face Forrest and Giles County at Henry Horton State Park.