Tigers hold on to Wells Cup

Friday, September 18, 2015
Photos by Anthony S. Puca Gary Wells Cup medalist Zach Smith gets up and down out of the bunker behind the par-3 13th hole at Saddle Creek Golf Club in the final round of the Gary Wells Cup matches.

Usually "fore" on the golf course means look out.

But Tuesday at Saddle Creek Golf Club, four was the lucky number for Marshall County as it secured the Gary Wells Cup for the fourth straight season by a 44-stroke margin over county rivals Cornersville and Forrest.

"We're definitely excited to be able to keep it at Marshall County and I hope we can keep for the next 20 years or so," Tigers coach Alex Phelps said. "But we always have fun playing our county rivals Chapel Hill and Cornersville."

Marshall County's Tyler Wunderlin tees off on the par-3 13th hole.

Different course

The three squads, who usually compete on the first nine holes at Saddle Creek, played the 3,226-yard back nine and the unfamiliarity with that portion of the course was responsible for some of Tuesday's high scores.

"It's a different look and a lot wider open, but it can bite you if you're not careful with it and I do think it played a role in the higher scores today," Phelps said.

Cornersville's Colby Downs putts for an eagle on the par-5 12th hole.

Tigers' No. 1 Zach Smith shot 8-over-par 44 to win medalist honors after posting a one-under par 35 in the first round on Aug. 18 at the Ewell Butler Golf Course in Lewisburg.

"Zach didn't feel good today and it was good to see him fight through the day," Phelps said. "I knew he was struggling, but he wanted to come out here and finish strong for us.

"It was good to see him come out and shoot 79 to be medalist. I know that's what he wanted badly, so it was good to see."

Lucas Welch was low man for the Rockets, shooting a two-day score of 92.


Marshall County finished with an aggregate team total of 170 on Tuesday, giving them a two-round score of 325.

Cornersville was second with 369 followed by Forrest at 380.

Forrest's Dani Hoeft won medalist honors for the girls, shooting a two-day total of 109.

Marshall County ended up with the top four scores overall as Wilson Limbaugh (38-43) and Tyler Wunderlin (39-42) both finished with 81.

Davis George (43-43) was next followed by Hunter Bradford (45-45).

Colby Downs led Cornersville with a two-day total of 88 (45-43) while JD Crabtree had 92 (47-45). Raymond Cooksey was next with 99 (46-53) followed by Matthew Karban at 105 (52-53) and Colton McVey at 115 (58-47).

Carly Salsman shot a two-day total of 114 to lead the Lady Bulldogs to the Gary Wells Cup title.

Lucas Welch topped Forrest with 92 (45-47) followed by Jarvis Lyttle with 94 (49-45), Hawken King with a 101 (50-51) and Tim Elliot at 102 (54-48).

Playing as individuals were: Colton Barber 42 (MCHS); Cody Caneer 44, Cornersville, and Landen Jones 43 and Robert Garcia 58, Forrest.

Lady Bulldogs win

The Cornersville girls won their match against Forrest, postting a two-day total of 239 to beat the Lady Rockets, who only had Dani Hoeft available on Tuesday at Saddle Creek.

Carly Salsman led the Lady Dawgs with a 114 (54-60) and Taylor Ingram shot 125 (58-67).

Hoeft ended up winning medalist honors for the girls with a two-day total of 109 (51-58).

All three of the county schools will begin district play on Sept. 28 and remarkably, all three are in different districts and regions.

"We have a solid team and if we ever had a chance to go to state in the last five years, this is the team that can do it," Phelps said. "We've put up scores this year that are good enough to win state, so there's no doubt in my mind that we can go out and make a splash at the region and go to state."


The Tigers travel to Lawrenceburg Country Club for their district tournament and the region event is at Montgomery Bell at Dickson.

"We've played (Lawrenceburg) the last three or four years and we've been down there four times this year already and we shot our low score of the year on the front nine, so we're excited that the district is there," Phelps said. "And Montgomery Bell is a beautiful course and the kids love it because we get to go and stay the night and get a practice round in."

Cornersville will play both of its post-season events on two Dickson County golf courses with Greystone hosting the district and Montgomery Bell hosting the region.

Forrest will open district play at Champions Run in Rockvale, while the site for the region has not been determined.