“When you throw out a 38, it’s a pretty good day” commented Walker Valley coach Bob Williams of Monday’s District 5-AAA sweep of Soddy-Daisy at the Chatata Valley Golf Club.
“Our girls and boys both shot their best scores of the season,” commented the veteran coach. “This is the time of year to start picking it up and getting ready for the tournaments.”
Both Walker Valley squads received their invitations Monday to play in the Chattanooga City Prep tournament at the Bear Trace Course at Harrison Bay Sept. 3.
“That’s a big honor,” Williams remarked. “Only six or so teams in the entire Chattanooga area get invited to play.”
Coach Williams’ crews will travel to Manchester Wednesday to play in the WillowBrook Invitational, which will also have Cleveland, Bradley and Polk County in the field.
Now 6-2 on the season, the Mustangs shot a 2-over-par 146 for a 20-stroke victory over the visiting Trojans Monday. Meanwhile the Lady Mustangs upped their mark to 7-1 with an impressive 6-over-par 78, which was nine shots better than the Soddy girls.
For the second straight match a half dozen Walker Valley boys broke 40, with junior Corey Rollins carding seven pars and sinking a pair of birdie putts to earn low medalist honors with a 2-under 34.
“Corey had a great round,” praised Williams. “It’s not surprising to me. He’s been working very hard and is very capable of shooting below par.”
Rollins’ effort was joined by freshman Cade Puryear and junior Dylan Lillard, who both fired 1-over 37s on the Chatata Valley front nine. “Dylan wasn’t feeling well, but was able to post a strong number anyway, while Cade had a couple of birdies to help him with a solid round,” commented the coach.
Freshmen Parker Grey and Nick McCracken, along with senior Kyle Limburg, all carded 2-over 38s, while Caleb Craig shot a 40.
“We have any of four or five guys that are capable of leading us on any given day,” Williams assessed. “We’ve had several different low scorers in our matches this season.”
For Soddy-Daisy Brandon Noland was the lone sub-40 score with a 38, while Trevor Walker and Jake McNamara added a 41 and 42 respectively. Trevor Brown edged teammate Wes Wheaton by a stroke for the final Trojan score with a 45.
In the girls action, the Lady Mustangs did exactly what their coach had asked of them. “We set a goal of a 39 or better for our girls today and that’s what we got,” related Williams.
Junior Katie Medley and sophomore Kelsey Cassada both turned in 3-over 39s, while Haley Ellis supported the pair with a 42.
Lady Trojan Jayla Sims also fired a 39, but Jessica Kirklen was the best of her three teammates with a 48.
“These are the kind of scores we are capable of every time out,” remarked an elated Williams. “We are going to need this kind of play when it comes to the district (Sept. 15) and region (Sept. 22) tournaments to have a shot at the state (Sept. 30-31).”
Both the District 5-AAA and Region 3-AAA events will be held at Bear Trace, while the state will once again be held at WillowBrook.