Walker Valley’s boys blistered the Cookeville Country Club course for a 6-over-par team total of 286 to take the title for the third time.
The Lady Mustangs shot an 11-over 151 to capture their fourth straight Cookeville crown.
“It was a perfect day for golf. Bright sunshine. Temperatures in the 70s. And we played great,” proclaimed an elated Williams.
The Mustangs outdistanced the host Cookeville squad by nine strokes while leaving the rest of the 15-team field several furloughs back.
Claiming his third low medalist honors in as many matches, senior Corey Evans kept up his amazing pace with a 3-under 67 in the 18-hole event.
Evans is a combined 4-under on the young season after carding a 2-under 34 against county rivals Bradley Central and Cleveland, plus shooting 1-over 37 in the season opener against Rhea County last week. Both of those nine-hole matches were played on Walker Valley’s home course at Chatata Valley.
“Corey is playing great,” Williams proclaimed. “He’s been steady in all aspects of his game so far and his scores reflect that. He was 4-under at one point (Monday).”
The Walker Valley coach is also pleased with his other golfers. “Zach Kelly and Bryson Riggs really stepped up today (Monday) and Clark Melton continued to shoot well.”
Like Evans, Kelly broke par with a 1-under 69, while Riggs was 4-over at 74. Melton, who had fired a 1-under 35 and a 2-over 38 in last week’s first two matches, rounded out Monday’s team total with a 6-over 76.
The girls’ competition was much closer, with the Lady Mustangs making it four in a row by a single stroke.
Class A-AA DeKalb County was right on Walker Valley’s heels with a 152 in the 11-team event.
Middle Tennessee State University commitment Avery George won medalist honors with a 1-over 71, while Katie Bishop capped the Lady Mustang scoring with an 80.
It was the second low-medalist honor for George, who earned a spot in the U.S. Junior Amateur this summer. She tied with Bradley Central’s Sloane Rakestraw with a 2-over 38 in last week’s county tri-match at Chatata Valley.
“Avery played a lot of golf this summer and she’s starting the season off strong,” Williams said of the three-time TSSAA state tournament participant.
Both Walker Valley teams will head to the Cleveland Country Club this afternoon for the second county tri-match as Bradley Central will join with the host Cleveland High squads for the nine-hole event.