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Cascade closes great year; Burks' 168 leads Champions to 6th at state

Thursday, October 11, 2012

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The 2012 Cascade Champion golf team finished sixth in the state tournament, held at Willow Brook Golf Course in Manchester. The competing members of the 2012 squad are (from left) Bryce Clinton, Chad Gordon, Lucas Dunnavant, Coach Chad Spencer, Tanner Burks, Jake Pimental, and Tyler Huff.
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MANCHESTER -- All season long, the Cascade Champions blazed through their schedule and remained undefeated, even through the district and region championships.

But like all good things, that undefeated streak came to a close on Wednesday afternoon as the Champions took sixth in the A/AA state championship held at Willow Brook Golf Course.

"I think some of the kids are a little disappointed in how they performed in the last two days. Having to battle through that pressure is what makes the mental game of golf so hard," said Cascade coach Chad Spencer.

Strong effort

Throughout the tournament, the Champs struggled on various parts of the course. While the weather conditions on both days were anything but accommodating, the Champs gave it all they had, and for Spencer, that's just fine.

"I'm proud of the kids. To come back to the state tournament two years in a row -- I couldn't ask for anything more than that. I have great kids on the golf course and in the classroom. As a coach, I couldn't ask for anything more than that," he said.

Tanner Burks led the Champs throughout the tournament with a 168 score in the two-day event. He carded an 87 on Tuesday, but kicked it in overdrive on the Wednesday and finished the tournament with an 81.

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Jake Pimental eyes his tee shot on hole eight of the state tournament. He finished his front nine at Willow Brook on Wednesday with a two-over 38.
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Consistency

Bryce Clinton was the most consistent player from Cascade. He carded an 84 on Tuesday and finished with an 85 on Wednesday for a final score of 169 for the tournament.

Senior Jake Pimental endured a rough Tuesday score of 90 and dropped 10 strokes on Wednesday to finish his career at Cascade with an 80 on his final 18 holes for a 170 final score.

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Bryce Clinton chips onto the green on hole five during day two of the TSSAA A/AA state tournament. Clinton finished his round with an 85 final score.
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Chad Gordon finished fourth for the Champs. While he posted a team-best 81 on Tuesday, Gordon struggled on Wednesday and finished the day with a 91 for a final score of 172.

Lucas Dunnavant was the final scoring member of the Champions to participate in the state competition.

Dunnavant battled through a back injury through both days of competing and carded a 186 final score for the Champs

Seniors depart

With the close of the 2012 state tournament, Dunnavant and Pimental conclude their careers at Cascade.

While the team will look to repeat with a state appearance for the third-straight year next season, Spencer says seeing the two leaders move on will undoubtedly leave a major void within the team.

"Lucas has been playing since he was in eighth grade. He battled through an injury in the last two days. That shows what type of kid he is to play through it with that injury.

"Jake played great all year from shooting 69 in the Murfreesboro Open to a 75 in the region tournament. Both of them improved 10 shots today, which is pretty good. I hate to see them go. It's going to be hard to start golf season without them because they've been such a big part of our success for several seasons," he said.

Good nucleus

While Pimental and Dunnavant will graduate, Cascade returns three veterans in Clinton, Gordon, and Burks to the team next year.

"We're going to do everything we can to get back here next year and keep improving," he said.

Tanner Burks 87 81 -- 168

Chad Gordon 81 91 -- 172

Jake Pimental 90 80 -- 170

Lucas Dunnavant 98 88 -- 186

Bryce Clinton 84 85 -- 169

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