Forrest sweeps golf tri-match

Friday, August 31, 2018
Forrest’s Sara Browning hit her tee-shot in the fairway on the 438-yard Par 5, third hole at Henry Horton.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets’ golf team swept a tri-match versus Hickman County and Columbia Academy Tuesday at Henry Horton with the Lady Rockets winning 91-93 to remain undefeated on the season at 9-0, while the boys took a 181-202 victory.

“I’m really happy with both teams to be honest,” Forrest coach Andy Burkett said. “Our boys have made some big strides this season, a lot of the guys that are playing this is their first year playing golf, so I could not be more proud of them seeing them really start to take to the game, find a love for the game and just see them play well with all the practice they have been putting in.”

Columbia Academy did not have a girls team, so it was Forrest versus Hickman County and the match was close the entire nine holes before Chapel Hill prevailed in the end.

Carissa Curtis executes a perfect punch shot from the rough to the fairway on the third hole during the Lady Rockets’ win over Hickman County.

“Our girls have been dominant all season long, I’ve been extremely happy with the way they are playing and their work ethic too,” Burkett said. “We are practicing every day we don’t have a match, so I’m extremely happy seeing all that hard work pay off.”

Sara Browning continued her outstanding junior season, leading the way with a 42, while sophomore Carissa Curtis carded a 49, and senior Micah Toombs shot 53.

“As far as toughness is concerned, they’re some of the most mentally tough golfers I have ever seen,” Burkett said. “That just comes from playing good competition all year long and they have no problem handling the pressure whatsoever.”

Micah Toombs hits a nice greenside bunker shot on the tough sixth hole.

“And they compete against each other and because of that, the competiveness shows out here.”

Hickman County’s Bailey Gilbert shot 43 and teammate Adley Elkins signed for a 50.

Only the top two scores are used to determine the girls total.

Forrest captain Grayson Whaley tees off on the Par 4, ninth hole, where he went on to make an easy par.

The top four scores are used for the boys total and Forrest’s senior captain Grayson Whaley carded a 41 to lead the Rockets to the win over Columbia Academy.

Hickman County only had three golfers, so they did not qualify for a team score.

Forrest Juniors Hunter Ferguson and Conner Lewis came home in 43 strokes apiece, senior John Garcia and sophomore Carter Jones carded 50’s, and senior Brett Burnham came to the clubhouse in 53 strokes.

Hunter Ferguson strikes an iron shot from the bottom of the fairway to the green on the Par 4, ninth hole at Henry Horton.

“Grayson Whaley and Hunter Ferguson have been playing one and two all season long and I think the competiveness flows between them,” Burkett said. “You have a great vocal leader in Grayson Whaley and I named him the team captain because I felt he could vocally fire the team up and then you have Hunter, who is our quiet assassin.”

Columbia Academy’s Drew Logsdon claimed low medalist for the match when he carded a slick even par 36 on the Buford Ellington Golf Course inside Henry Horton State Park.

Andrew Sullivan shot 52, Sam Steiger 53, Aiden Turner 57, Aaron Sullivan 61, and Colby Kitchen rounded out the Bulldogs’ scoring with a 64.

Lefty Connor Lewis putts for a par on the 364-yard Par 4, seventh hole at Henry Horton.

John Jacobs led Hickman County with a 56, Lang Bates shot 57, and Dalton Jenkins carded a 60.

Forrest took on Santa Fe and Fairview yesterday at Henry Horton and has a big home match looming with a talented Cascade squad on Tuesday, September 4 with the golfers scheduled to tee off at 4 p.m.

The Cascade boys topped Forrest 184-200 last Thursday afternoon at Henry Horton, while the Lady Rockets beat the Lady Champions 93-104.

The Division I, Small Division, District 11 Tournament will be at Henry Horton on Monday, September 24.

“That goes back to whenever I was playing in high school as that too was one of the great advantages we had as a Forrest Rocket was playing in the district here at home,” Burkett said. “It’s awesome for us to get to play here at Henry Horton and it is something we want to take advantage of by the time the district tournament rolls around.”

The Region 6 Tournament will be at Lawrenceburg Golf and Country Club, beginning on October 1.