Lady Mustangs capture another Cookeville crown
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WALKER VALLEY senior Katie Bishop tied for the lowest score in the girls’ division of the annual Cookeville Invitational Monday, firing a 5-over-par 75 as the Lady Mustangs claimed the tournament title for the fifth time in six years. Banner file photo, JOE CANNON
WALKER VALLEY senior Katie Bishop tied for the lowest score in the girls’ division of the annual Cookeville Invitational Monday, firing a 5-over-par 75 as the Lady Mustangs claimed the tournament title for the fifth time in six years. Banner file photo, JOE CANNON
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COOKEVILLE — For the fifth time in a half dozen years, the Walker Valley Lady Mustangs galloped away with top honors at the Cookeville Invitational Monday.

Firing a 155 total on the Cookeville Country Club course, coach Bob Williams’ “Fillies” outdistanced the nearest competition by just two strokes, as Warren County came in at 157, with Coffee County third at 164.

Minus their No. 1 player, who was out with an injury, the Mustangs finished fourth in the boys’ side of the event with a 311, putting them behind Coffee County (295), Cookeville (301) and Warren County (304).

“I’m proud of the girls. This was a good early test to see how we match up against several other teams from our region,” declared coach Williams. “We had great, consistent scoring from the girls that went. It was a good team effort.”

“Even though we (the Mustangs) were missing Garrett Cantrell (due to a wrist injury he suffered in a car accident), we gave a good effort, but only had two scores in the 70s,” Williams said of the boys results. “In a tournament like this, that’s not going to get you a win.”

Walker Valley will be back on the links Wednesday afternoon as county-rivals Bradley Central and Cleveland High join them on the Chatata Valley course.

The Lady Mustangs posted four of the top nine scores on the girls’ scoreboard with senior Katie Bishop tying for the top score of the event with a 5-over-par 75, while freshman Kelsey Cassada was fifth overall with an 80 to round out the team total.

The third member of the team trio, sophomore Katie Medley, posted a 84, the ninth-best total of the 18-hole event, while senior Kassey Gregg, playing as an individual, tied for sixth with an 81.

DeKalb County’s Mallory Sullivan matched Bishop’s 75 and then claimed the low-medalist honor on the first hole of a playoff.

Hannah Powell of Warren County took third in the individual play with a 76, while Coffee County’s Hollee Sadler was fourth with a 79.

Polk County finished tied with White County for fifth place in the team race with a 181 tally, while McMinn County placed seventh with a 187.

Junior Lauren Passmore led the Lady Wildcats with an 87, while sophomore Heather Ellis shot a 97.

The Walker Valley boys got a 2-over-par 72 from senior Jordan Leggett, which tied for the fourth-lowest score, and a 4-over 74 from sophomore Dyan Lillard tied for seventh individually, to spearhead the Mustang charge.

Sophomores Corey Rollins and Austin Norman rounded out the Navy-and-Gold scoring with an 82 and 83, respectively.

“Leggett and Lillard had really good rounds, while Rollins and Norman stepped up and played well,” praised coach Williams.

McMinn County finished fifth in the boys’ event with a 318, behind a 3-over 73 from Cody Housley.

Polk County carded a 381 for a ninth-place finish. Returning juniors Michael Rongey and Ryan Droke shot 81 and 91 respectively, while newcomers junior Tyler Brown (98), senior Will Richmond (111) and freshman Hayden Darnell (111) rounded out the effort.