MANCHESTER — Facing one of the toughest tournament fields he’s seen in a long time, coach Bob Williams watched his unbeaten Mustangs finish in eighth place at the WillowBrook Boys Invitational Wednesday.
“It was one of the strongest fields they’ve ever had at that tournament,” the veteran coach expressed. “They had three teams break 300 and that was with the back nine (holes) playing extremely tough.”
Lawrence County claimed a one-stroke victory over Chattanooga Notre Dame 295-296, while Hendersonville (297) was right on their heels. Coffee County (301), Warren County (304), Cookeville (306) and Signal Mountain (312) were the only other squads in the 22-team event to better the Mustangs score of 318.
Sophomore Dylan Lillard led the Walker Valley attack in the 18-hole event with a 2-over-par 74, while senior Jordan Leggett helped out with a 78. Junior Kyle Limberg and sophomore Corey Rollins rounded out the Mustang scoring with rounds of 82 and 84, while senior Garrett Cantrell wasn’t too far off the pace with an 86.
“Dylan had a great day and Jordan did very well, but as a team we went from being 12 over on the front nine to 30 over by the time we finished,” expressed coach Williams.
Walker Valley faces another tough challenge today as it heads up Lookout Mountain to square off against McCallie.
Cleveland High finished 12th in the Manchester event with senior Conner Caprara leading the way with a 5-over 77, while Tucker Jones (81), Allen Swetman (82) and Cade Caprara (90) finished out the Raider 330 tally.
Polk County got a 2-over 74 from Michael Rongey, but came in 18th as a team as Ryan Droke (83), Tyler Brown (93) and Will Richmond (103) added to the Wildcat score of 353.
Bradley Central also participated, posting a 364 with senior Chase Montgomery topping the Bears with a 84, Baylor McGowan adding an 87, while Riley Branham and Matthew Maynard carded scores of 94 and 99 respectively.
Cleveland will host McMinn Central this afternoon at the Cleveland Country Club, while Polk County will square off against Sequoyah at Lake Tansi. Bradley will take the weekend off before facing Soddy-Daisy at Bear Trace Tuesday.