Bearettes hand Lady Raiders first loss

Posted 8/16/19

RINGGOLD, Ga. — After getting beaten by Cleveland thrice this young golf season, Bradley Central's girls handed their archrivals their first loss of the campaign Thursday.

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Bearettes hand Lady Raiders first loss


RINGGOLD, Ga. — After getting beaten by Cleveland thrice this young golf season, Bradley Central's girls handed their archrivals their first loss of the campaign Thursday.

Playing the tough Windstone Golf Club in Catoosa County, Ga., the Bearettes (14-5) nipped the Lady Raiders (18-1) by a single stroke — 88-89. The host East Hamilton squad only had one female player.

Cleveland had won the first three matchups between the crosstown combatants in the season-opening Bradley Invitational, a head-to-head match and Monday's Cookeville Early Bird Tournament.

"Our girls played better than we have been and we were able to beat them today," commented Bradley head coach Don Burke in a phone interview Thursday night.

"Lauren (Baker) was able to stay close to Hannah (Nall), which is tough to do, and Cuppie (Kyle) and our Hannah (Winters) were within a stroke of each other. One score beat them (CHS) and the other would have tied them."

"I'm proud of the girls," he praised. "They proved they can do it and now they need to do it more often."

While Nall, a sophomore, earned her fourth low-medalist honor of the season with a 2-over-par 38, Baker, a junior, was just two shots back with a 40.

Bradley senior Kyle carded a 48 for the winning score, while Winters, a junior, shot 49.

The other Lady Raider tallies were a 51 by senior Ellie Mills and a 57 from classmate Emma Crouch.

In the boys' action, the Raiders, Bears and Hurricanes showed an example of just how close the District 5-Large race will be this season.

"I've never seen our district with so much parity," Burke said. "Cleveland beat us by three today and we beat East Ham by two."

The Raiders and Bears had tied in a head-to-head match last week.

"This is going to be a horse race all year among the top four teams (Walker Valley, Bradley, Cleveland and East Hamilton).

"Anybody can beat anybody on any given day," the veteran mentor expressed. "Our boys played some better today, but not up to their full capabilities."

The Raiders won the district tri-match with a 169 team total, while the Bears posted a 172 and host Hurricanes a 174.

East Ham's Matthew Ott earned low-medalist honors with an even-par half round on his home course.

Juniors Eli Adams (Cleveland) and JT McKenzie (Bradley) weren't far behind with 2-over 38s as the only other players to break 40.

Raider senior Wade Samples helped out the winning cause with a 40, while junior Dillon Linkous shot 43. Senior Tyler Walker rounded out the Cleveland total with a 48.

The Bears had a 43 from sophomore Eli Tate, but unfortunately for the squad, he wasn't in the starting lineup.

Bradley used matching 44s by junior Brett Waters and 10th-grader Newt Hunt, plus one of the two 46s by sophomore Holden Rakestraw and freshman Kadyn Copeland for its tally.

East Ham got 45s from Joe Quinlan and Will Tracey, plus a 48 from Jack Odell.

The three teams will square off again next Thursday at the Cleveland Country Club.

Cleveland, Bradley and Walker Valley will travel to Crossville Monday for the Cumberland County Boys Tournament at Lake Tansi.    


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