With two weeks of the new TSSAA season under their belts, head coach Bob Williams likes what he sees from his Walker Valley golf teams — consistency.
“We’ve played a few matches and I like where we are right now,” the veteran links coach assessed. “We’ve got four or five guys who can consistently shoot in the 30s and a couple of girls that are putting up good numbers, always within a stroke or two of each other in every match.”
The Walker Valley squads notched a pair of victories over Ooltewah in District 5-AAA play Wednesday at the Cleveland Country Club. The Mustangs improved to 3-2 on the season with a 153-222 win, while the unbeaten Lady Mustangs (3-0) captured an 88-121 victory.
“Ooltewah is obviously not as strong as they have been in the past, but what I look at more is how our players performed,” commented Coach Williams. “We are looking to put up good numbers, regardless of who we are playing.”
Junior Dylan Lillard led the way for Walker Valley with a 2-under-par 34 on the CCC front nine.
“Dylan is continuing to have a great summer,” praised his coach. “This is his home course, where he won both the Junior and Men’s championships last month, so I expected he’d do well.”
The Mustangs also got a 3-over 39 from senior Kyle Limburg, a 2013 TSSAA state tournament participant.
“Kyle had a few struggles but came back strong. He chipped in on the final hole to break 40,” related Coach Williams. “It’s good to see him getting back to where we know he can be.”
Sophomore Corey Rollins and freshman Parker Grey rounded out the Mustang total with matching 40s, while Cade Puryear continued his impressive first high school season with a 41. Nick McCracken shot a 44.
Logan Grider topped the Owl effort with a 45, while Trey Stutzenberger had a 52 and Ryne Weiss a 56. Matt Craig added a 69.
Sophomore Kelsey Cassada and junior Katie Medley once again combined to lead the Lady Mustangs with a 43 and 45 respectively.
“Kelsey and Katie push each, other and that makes our team stronger,” stated Coach Williams. “Cleveland will be a good challenge for us next week.”
The Lady Raiders carded 7-over 79 team score in their first match of the season Tuesday. “They (CHS) have two very good girls, so it will be a chance to see where we are,” remarked Coach Williams.
With some girls who have just starting playing the game, Ooltewah was led by Jasmine Bowe with a 60 and Alexi Johnson with a 61.
A pair of Walker Valley boys’ teams will travel to Crossville Monday for an 18-hole tournament, before the three-way county match against Bradley Central and Cleveland Wednesday back at CCC.