“When we played East Hamilton here a little over a week ago, we got within a couple of holes of being finished when a lightning storm halted play,” Blue Raider link coach Nick Cantrell explained. “We were ahead and looked like we were going to win, so it was frustrating not to be able to finish it.”
On Thursday, Cantrell’s Raiders were able to take care of business against visiting Ooltewah, capturing a 166-199 District 5-AAA victory. The Lady Raiders also notched a win as Ooltewah only had one female player.
Senior Conner Caprara led the way for the hosts, firing an even-par 36 on the CCC front nine, but his coach said it could have been even better. “Conner had a great round, but it easily could have been a 34 or 35 as he missed a 4-5 foot birdie putt on No. 8 and had another chance at a birdie that just missed. He’s hitting the ball well.”
Along with Caprara’s low-medalist effort, Cleveland got a 40 from senior Chris Bryant and a 42 from sophomore Tucker Jones. Freshman Allen Swetman rounded out the Raider scoring with a 48.
“We didn’t shoot as well as we did yesterday (Wednesday) in a couple of spots but we still played pretty good. Chris Bryant, our No. 3 player has shot well the last two days. If he can stay right around 40 that will help us,” Cantrell commented.
“Five of our eight guys have never played in a varsity match before, so it’s going to take a little bit for them to get comfortable,” the coach added. “Swetman shot 44 yesterday and slipped to 48 today and when I was leaving, I saw him down on the driving range working on his game. That’s the kind of dedication it’s going to take for us to get better.”
Ooltewah’s low score was a 46 by Parker Sammans and a 48 from Wes Ball.
Even though it was technically a forfeit, Cleveland’s ladies — junior Heidi Barringer and freshman Shinduri Vijayakuma — and Lady Owl Samantha Griffith played their half round.
Barringer, who the day before had fired the best half-round of her high school career with a 1-over 37 on the Chatata Valley course, struggled a bit with a 45 Thursday, allowing Griffith, who finished tied for 16th at last year’s TSSAA State Championships, to slip past for a two-stroke win with a 43.
“The players had a little trouble reading the speed of the greens today,” Cantrell expressed. “They were a little slower than they expected. Heidi was disappointed after having such a great round the day before, but several players had the same struggle. Shinduri has been playing the game for less than a year and still learning the game, but she is working hard to improve.”
The Cleveland boys will travel to Lake Tansi Monday to participate in the Crossville Invitational, while both Raider squads will be back on the CCC course Tuesday as county rivals Bradley Central and Walker Valley come calling.
Bradley drops pair to S-D
Harrison — The Bradley Central Bears and Bearettes dropped a pair of golf matches Thursday to the Soddy-Daisy Trojans and Lady Trojans. The Bears lost their match by a 164-176 total, while the Bearettes were defeated by a 93-105 score at Bear Trace.
The Trojans were paced by medalist Garrett Gamble with a two-over par 38.
Senior Chase Montgomery led the Bears with a 40.
Soddy-Daisy's Dallas Young shot a 46 to the capture low honors for the girls.
“We have to keep improving and not get discouraged. Our younger kids have got to not let one bad hole get them down, and shake off a couple of bad shots and just play the next hole. I was pleased with the way Tyler (Parris) played today. We need more consistency from Chase, he is capable of shooting par or better every time he tees it up. Our freshmen girls are improving every match and gaining experience, they will be a force to contend with in the near future.” stated coach Jim Kibler.
The boys team will also travel to Lake Tansi in Crossville for their first tournament of the season on Monday.
Soddy Daisy (164) — Garrett Gamble 38, Trevor Brown 40, Trevor Walker 41, Jake McNamara 45.
Bradley Central (176) — Chase Montgomery 40, Tyler Parris 41, Baylor McGowan 45, Matthew Maynard 50.
Soddy-Daisy (93) — Dallas Young 46, Jayla Sims 47.
Bradley Central (105) — Olivia Williams 50, Blaire Terrell 55.
— Bradley information provided Special to the Banner.