HARRISON — It was a good day on the links for both Walker Valley’s boys and girls teams as they both captured victory in the District 5-AAA tournament Monday at Bear Trace Golf Course at Harrison Bay State Park.
The Lady Mustangs and Mustangs now advance to Crossville Oct. 26 for the Region 3-AAA Tournament at Lake Tansi.
The pressure was on for the boys teams as Walker Valley was being chased closely by district rival McMinn County.
In the end it came down to a single stroke. That’s all the separated the two teams as the Mustangs walked away with team score of 299 to claim the championship.
Leading the Mustangs was Clark Melton, who shot a 4-under 68 and was the tournament’s low medalist. Corey Evans shot a 72 and had the third lowest score on the Jack Nicklaus designed course.
Rounding out the Walker Valley scores were Bryson Riggs with a 79, Hunter Carroll shot an 80 and Zach Kilby with an 82.
The Cleveland Blue Raiders had two members of the team advance to regional play. Conner Caprara shot a 77 to qualify and Zach Barringer fired an 82 and defeated Bradley Central’s Jordan Whitmire in a playoff for the final individual spot.
Other Raiders were Ben Simar with an 83, Carson Griffin with an 88 and Seth Goza who shot a 99.
Bradley will be represented in regional play by Chase Montgomery who anchored the team with an 81.
Jordan Whitmire shot an 82, Hunter Chastain had an 84, Matt Whitmire carded an 87 and Corey Bandy finished a 91.
Other individual qualifying boys included Zach Madewell (77) from Ooltewah and Logan Vincent (77) from Rhea County.
Walker Valley boys led team scores with 299. McMinn came in second with the team shooting 300 and Soddy-Daisy was third with a 311.
It was a similar, but less dramatic story on the girls’ side of the board, Walker Valley put on a commanding performance to take the tournament and advance to regionals.
Avery George came out strong and shot a 72 to lead her team to the victory. She was also the second low medalist for the tournament.
Walker Valley also had strong outings from Katie Bishop and Brittani Pederson shooting a 78 and 97 respectively. Bishop also was the tournament’s third low medalist.
Both of Bradley Central girls golfers qualified for the next round as individuals. Sloane Rakestraw led the Bearettes with an 85. Kierstyn Blair shot a 108.
Cleveland will be represented by freshman Heidi Barringer, who shot a 99 on the day.
Other qualifiers included Skyler Jones from McMinn and Julie Keener for Rhea.
Jessica Cathey from Soddy-Daisy led all girls scoring, shooting a one-over 73.
However, the Walker Valley girls team gave a commanding performance and took the tournament with a team score of 152, a full 15 strokes better than second place Soddy. Ooltewah was third with 179.
The Bearettes had a team score of 193 while the Lady Raiders combined for a 236.