Tigers beat Rockets, Bobcats
Coming off a respectable eighth place finish at the Keith Maxwell Invitational in McMinnville two days earlier, the Marshall County Tigers (14-3) got in one final tune up before the start of the District 12-A-AA tournament when they defeated the Forrest Rockets and the Giles County Bobcats in an 18-hole match at Henry Horton State Park.
Bolstered by another strong performance from junior Zach Smith, the Tigers posted a team score of 322 after taking the top four rounds from six players. Giles County finished 18 strokes behind MCHS with a 340 while Forrest came in third with a 346.
"We're playing well right now and I feel like our team is excited about going to the District tournament," said Marshall County coach Alex Phelps. "Everyone on the team is coming together and hitting the ball well."
Smith turned in the lowest score of the day and helped lead the Tigers to the win by shooting a four-over par 76, while Kasey Beard fired an 80.
After recording the fourth best score at the Keith Maxwell Invitational with a 77, Brooks Leftwich got off to a rocky start on Thursday and double bogeyed two of the first three holes before righting the ship and finishing with an 82. Wilson Limbaugh also carded an 84 for Marshall, while Patrick Kennedy and Davis George notched an 87 and a 90 respectively.
"Zach is hitting the ball as well as he has all year. He's peaking at the right time and is really fun to watch right now," said Phelps. "We were excited about the 77 that Brooks shot the other day in McMinnville. He had a couple of bad holes today, but got back on track. I think he and Zach could do something special at the District tournament."
Josh Rogers paced Giles County with an 80, while Trey Garrett and Trey Rackley tallied an 81 and an 83 respectively. Josh McLemore shot a 96 for the Bobcats as well.
2013 State Tournament qualifier Gary Lukonen once again led Forrest by shooting an 80. Hawken King also turned in a solid round for the Rockets and posted an 83, while Robert Garcia and Tim Elliot tallied a 91 and a 92 respectively.
In the girls match, Forrest and Giles County played just nine holes with the Lady Rockets being awarded the victory when Giles County fielded just one golfer.
Dani Hoeft led the way for Forrest and shot a 52, while Caitlin Burt and Micah Toombs notched a 58 and a 70 respectively. Crystal Pierce was Giles County's lone representative on the course and finished with a 70.