Cornersville golfers rout Richland

Friday, September 5, 2014
Cornersville's Tate Lowery hits his approach shot onto the green on the first hole at the Lewisburg Recreation Center. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After recording the lowest score in the history of the program five days earlier against Eagleville , the Cornersville Bulldogs golf team bested that mark by four strokes on Thursday when they cruised to an easy win over the Richland Raiders at the Lewisburg Recreation Center.

The Bulldogs (5-5) had two players shoot season lows on Thursday and posted a team score of 163 after taking the top four rounds from five golfers. Richland, conversely, had a tough time navigating the Lewisburg Recreation Center's nine-hole layout and finished 80 strokes behind Cornersville with a 243.

"That's definitely the lowest score we've had since I've been the coach. We've been shooting low scores our last several matches so I'm tickled to death right now," said CHS coach Joy McMasters. "This is probably the best golf team Cornersville has ever had and I'm just so proud of how well they've done this year."

Cornersville's Matt Karban chips onto the green on the second hole at the Lewisburg Recreation Center.

Cornersville senior Tate Lowery broke 40 for the fourth time in his last five matches and shot a 39 to record the low round of the day. Colby Downs continued his steady play and followed Lowery with a 40, while J.D. Crabtree and Matt Karban both set season bests by each firing a 42. Zack Smith carded a 49 for Cornersville as well.

Gage Lane paced Richland with a 49, while Bailey Peloquin tallied a 58. Ben Yokely and Garrison Wright also notched a 67 and a 69 for the Raiders.

In the girls match, the Lady Bulldogs (4-4) were automatically awarded the victory when Richland fielded just one golfer. Carly Salsman led the way for Cornersville and shot a 54, while Emma Reese carded a 58 to give CHS a team score of 112.

Cornersville's Emma Reese hits and approach shot towards the green on the second hole at the Lewisburg Recreation Center.

"The girls are improving too. It's very encouraging because our top three players are all sophomores," said McMasters.

Dana Laroue was the Lady Raiders lone representative on the course and fired a 68.

Cornersville returns to action next Tuesday when they compete in the District 11-A-AA tournament at GreyStone Golf Club in Dickson before facing off against local rivals Forrest and Marshall County later in the week in the final two legs of the Gary Wells Cup.

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