Tigers finish 3rd in district
The Marshall County Tigers golf team once again qualified for the Region 6-A-AA tournament by finishing third out of 10 schools in the District 12-A-AA tourney on Monday at Lawrenceburg Golf and Country Club.
MCHS improved on last year's District tournament performance by eight strokes and posted a team score of 329 on the par 71 course after taking the top four rounds from five golfers.
After breaking 80 in two 18-hole matches last week, junior Zach Smith continued his solid play on the links and led the Tigers with a 78.
Despite getting off to a rough start that saw him shoot five-over through the first three holes, senior Brooks Leftwich managed to right the ship and recorded the second best score on the team with an 81. Wilson Limbaugh and Davis George both carded an 85 for Marshall County as well.
"I told them that I didn't want anybody to shoot over an 85 and we did that today. I'm really excited about going to the Region tournament. It was our number one goal this year," said MCHS coach Alex Phelps. "This is a tough course and it's very tight. I was proud of all of the guys. We shot good scores on a course that we're not real familiar with. I think we can make a splash at the Region tournament."
Rest of field
Defending District 12-A-AA champ Christ Presbyterian Academy successfully held on to their crown, as the Lions finished with a score of 296.
Grayson Davis and Luke Davis both fired a two-over par 73 to pace CPA, while A. Jacks Green and Scotty Hudson tallied a 74 and a 76 respectively.
Cascade's top three golfers held their own against the Lions , but the Champions were unable to overcome a shaky performance by the bottom part of their lineup and placed second in the tournament with a 317. Chad Gordon led Cascade with a 73, while Tanner Burks and Tyler Huff both carded a 74. Chandler Monajjem also notched a 96 for the Champions.
With only the top three teams advancing from the District tournament, Perry County came the closest to beating out Marshall County for the final spot in the Region tourney and finished six strokes behind the Tigers with a 335. Page (346), Loretto (353), Giles County (358), Summertown (385), Spring Hill (394), and Collinwood (397) rounded out the rest of the District tournament field.
Gordon, Zieman, and Davis competed in a one hole playoff to determine first medalist in the tournament. Zieman parred the hole to claim first place while Gordon bogeyed to finish in second. Davis had to settle for third after double bogeying.
Burks, Huff, and Green also participated in a playoff to determine the fourth and fifth place medalists. Green chipped in for birdie on the first hole to secure fourth place, but Burks and Huff battled for three more holes before Burks took fifth medalist with a par on the fourth hole while Huff bogeyed.
Page's Stan Mitchell (77), Perry County's Garrett Daniel (77), Perry County's Alex Warren (78), Collinwood's Kelby Ray (79), and Loretto's Dylan Canerday (81) all kept their seasons alive by earning the five individual at large bids to the Region tournament.
CPA also took home the title in the girls tournament for the second straight year and recorded a team score of 149 on the par 69 layout after taking the top two rounds from three golfers.
Coming off a fifth place finish in last year's State Tournament, sophomore Sierra Stout lapped the field on Monday and led the Lady Lions with an even par 69. Sara Grace Black also fired an 80 for CPA.
The Summertown Lady Eagles came in a distant second with a 196, while Cascade placed third with a 198. Allyson McBride led Summertown with a 97, while Alyssa Campbell tallied a 99. Anna Spenst paced the Lady Champions with a 97 and Allison Massey notched a 101.
Stout and Black claimed first and second medalist honors in the tournament respectively, while two-time State Tournament qualifier Libby Coop took third place with an 86. Although her score didn't count towards CPA's team total, Ashley Crafton was the fourth medalist with an 89. Perry County's Regan Floyd earned fifth place with a 92.
Coop and Floyd also grabbed two of the five individual at large bids to the Region tournament thanks to their performances on Monday. Loretto's Ariel Martin (135), Giles County's Crystal Pierce (137), and Collinwood's Abigail Dial (144) earned the other three at large spots.