Tigers finish 4th in region tournament
Despite showing marked improvement from last year's performance, the Marshall County Tigers golf team was eliminated from the playoffs on Monday when they finished tied for fourth in the Region 6-A-AA tournament at Montgomery Bell State Park.
The Tigers struggled mightily on Montgomery Bell's challenging 18-hole layout in last season's Region tournament, but shaved 31 strokes off their score on Monday and finished with a 339 after taking the top four rounds from five golfers.
'A lot better'
"I'm definitely proud of the way that we improved. They did terrible on this course last year, but did a lot better today," said MCHS coach Alex Phelps. "We had a great season and hopefully we can shave a few more strokes off our score next year."
Senior Brooks Leftwich came the closest of any Marshall County player to reaching the State Tournament and narrowly missed forcing a playoff for the final at large spot after shooting a six-over par 77.
"Brooks played really well. He played as well as he has all year, but just had a couple of unlucky breaks. He hit a lot of fairways and greens today," said Phelps.
Zach Smith followed Leftwich with an 84, while Davis George and Patrick Kennedy both carded an 89. Wilson Limbaugh also tallied a 94 for the Tigers.
The Christ Presbyterian Academy Lions captured their second straight Region 6-A-AA championship and claimed the lone team bid to the State Tournament by posting a 289. Defending state champ Grayson Davis and Luke Zieman both shot a one-under par 70 to lead CPA to the title. Scotty Hudson fired a 74 for the Lions as well, while A. Jacks Green notched a 75.
Cascade was CPA's closest competition and finished with a team score of 314. Chad Gordon paced the Champions with an even par 71, while Tyler Huff and Tanner Banks notched a 74 and a 77 respectively. Chandler Monajjem tallied a 92 for Cascade as well.
Stewart County placed third in the tournament with a 333. Patrick Craig led the Rebels with a 76, while Jaden Anglin carded an 82. Rye Nolan shot an 87 for Stewart County as well and Austin Byrd notched an 88.
Montgomery Central finished tied for fourth with Marshall County with a 339, while Fairview came in sixth with a 379.
Luke Zieman claimed first medalist in the tournament when he defeated Grayson Davis in a one-hole playoff. Chad Gordon earned third place, while Scotty Hudson garnered fourth medalist honors by beating Tyler Huff in a one-hole playoff.
Gordon, Huff, and Patrick Craig also grabbed three of the four at large bids to the State Tournament along with Montgomery Central's Carson Walker, who shot a 75.
CPA took home the girls Region championship for the second straight year as well, as the Lady Lions posted a team score of 155 after taking the top two scores from three golfers. Sophomore Sierra Stout appears primed to improve on her fifth place finish in the State Tournament last year and led CPA with a two-under par 69. Sara Grace Black also fired an 86 for the Lady Lions.
The Lewis County Lady Panthers finished 13 strokes back of CPA and placed second in the tournament with a 168. Olivia Hinson paced Lewis County with an 82, while Callianna McDonald carded an 86.
Montgomery Central came in third in the tournament with a team score of 176. Alexis Williams was the only other girls player to break 80 on the day besides Stout and led the Lady Indians with a 79. Kaleigh Baggett also notched a 97 for Montgomery Central.
Hickman County finished four overall with a 179, while Summertown placed fifth with a 199. Cascade came in sixth with a 202.
Sierra Stout garnered first medalist honors, while Alexis Williams and Olivia Hinson finished in second and third place respectively in the individual standings. Spring Hill junior Libby Coop earned fourth medalist honors and reached the State Tournament for the third straight year by shooting an 85.
With Williams, Hinson, and Coop claiming three of the four at large bids to the State Tournament, Callianna McDonald and Santa Fe's Ashley Dodson were forced to battle it out in a playoff after Dodson fired an 86 as well.
Dodson ended the playoff after just one hole by draining a 30-foot birdie putt to punch her ticket to the State Tournament, while McDonald saw her birdie putt lip out.