Cascade clinches district crown

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The District 11A/AA Champions pose with their newly acquired hardware after clinching the tournament championship on Monday afternoon. Competing members of the team are (from left) Chad Gordon, Tanner Burks, Lucus Dunnavant, Jake Pimental, Bryce Clinton and Coach Chad Spencer. (Submitted Photo)

CHAPEL HILL -- Last year, the Cascade Champions made school history with a trip to the state championship golf tournament. With such a talented team returning in 2012, Cascade made it a goal to return in the state competition this season.

They took the first step on Monday by winning the District 11 A/AA championship.

Cool, crisp temperatures blanketed the area this morning and chilled some of the area's best golfers in the district showdown.

Second effort

While virtually everybody who participated struggled early, Cascade was able to put together enough of a second-effort on the second nine holes of competing to rise above and take the title.

"If anybody has an off day, there's always somebody there to pick them up. Chad Gordon had a big day for us today," said Cascade coach Chad Spencer.

Gordon led the Champs with a final score of 79, after posting the team's only score in the 30s through the front nine.

He carded a 37 after the first nine half of the competition.

"We were all a little bit worried. Then they settled down and they all played the back nine pretty carefree. At one point, Chad Gordon was three over (par) with just a few holes to play," Spencer said.

Chad Gordon carded the team-low on Monday with a 79. He finished his first nine holes of competition with a 37. (T-G Photo by Chris Siers)

Team advances

After settling down, the Champs were able to string together the scores needed to advance as a team to the next level.

Lucas Dunnavant turned in an 84 through 18, while teammate Tanner Burks finished one stroke back with an 85. Bryce Clinton rounded out the varsity scoring for Cascade with an 87. Also competing for the Champs on Monday was Jake Pimental, who finished the day with a 90.

While the Champs clinched another district title, the team was by no means satisfied.

High standards

"My kids have such high standards for themselves. If any round they shoot over 80, they're disappointed. I had to tell them after to not be so hard on themselves. They're not satisfied by any means. They want to get back to region," Spencer said.

That trip to the region is set for Monday at Lawrence County.

Lady Champs

But the Champs aren't the only ones who will be attending the regional competition.

Both Lady Champions, Allison Massey and Shaina Schneider, will make the trip on Monday as well.

While Massey and Schneider didn't qualify as a team, the two posted individual scores low enough to merit a trip to regional competition.

"Allison had a great back nine. She shot 53 and was in third place. She struggled a little bit on the front nine -- which was her second nine," Spencer said.

While the boys' competition allows four scoring members to compete as a team, the girls' side only calls for two.

Being the only two members of the Lady Champion team, Massey and Schneider have performed well for Cascade, especially considering most teams have four competing members.

Made up of just one sophomore and one freshman, Spencer feels the Lady Champs are gaining invaluable experience by earning a trip to Lawrence County.

Allison Massey rips her tee shot on hole six during Monday's district tournament. She advances, along with teammate Shaina Schneider, to the region tournament, which is scheduled for next Monday. (T-G Photo by Chris Siers)

State hopes

While Cascade is sending all competing team members to the region, a trip to the state tournament is on the back of everybody's mind.

"One more big win and we're back in the state tournament. It'll be a lot harder this time in the region.

"We're playing a lot of AA schools. We just have to keep working hard and persevere," Spencer said.

Tee times are set for 8 a.m. on Monday.


Bryce Clinton- 87

Jake Pimental- 90

Chad Gordon- 79

Lucas Dunnavant- 84

Tanner Burks - 85

Lady Champs

Allison Massey- 117

Shaina Schneider- 114

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