Hall, Lady Raiders remain unbeaten

Golf Bears stun ’Stangs, Raiders

By JOE CANNON Assistant Sports Editor
Posted 8/10/17

Bradley Central golf coach Don Burke proclaimed before the season began that his boys “were going to surprise some people.”

That is exactly what they’ve done the last two days in defeating …

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Hall, Lady Raiders remain unbeaten

Golf Bears stun ’Stangs, Raiders

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Bradley Central golf coach Don Burke proclaimed before the season began that his boys “were going to surprise some people.”

That is exactly what they’ve done the last two days in defeating county rivals Walker Valley for the first time ever, and posting back-to-back wins over Cleveland High for the first time in recent history.

“That was the most consistent round we’ve had since I’ve been the coach here (four years),” declared a proud Burke after his Bears shot a 1-over-par 145 Wednesday at Chatata Valley.

“Four scores in the 30s, plus two others at 40, is tremendous. Last year we would’ve been happy to have six break 45 (for nine holes),” he noted.

“I’m so darn proud of them.”

“Give Bradley all the credit,” commented Coach Bob Williams, who is in his 12th season directing Walker Valley. “That is the best score I’ve seen from them since I’ve been here.”

While the Mustangs were short-handed with No. 1 player Parker Gray gone to play in the Tennessee State Amateur, the veteran coach said that might not have mattered.

“We would have to have had a 34 from Parker to have tied them. Parker is capable of shooting 34, but Bradley had a really great day.

“I knew they (Bradley) were capable. They have some good players returning, plus they added a couple of home-schoolers that play well. They are going to have to be reckoned with,” Williams assessed.

While the Bears claimed an 11-shot victory over the Mustangs, they also dropped Cleveland for the second straight day — by 14 shots Wednesday and five strokes Tuesday at the Cleveland Country Club.

“That (Tuesday) was the first time we’ve beaten Cleveland in a long while,” related Burke. “We actually finished ahead of them at the district last year, but they had a player that DQ’d (disqualified), so I don’t count that.”

In the girls action Wednesday, Rheagan Hall continued her torrid pace, firing a 2-under-par 34 for low medalist honors to lead the Lady Raiders to yet another victory, getting past Walker Valley by seven shots and Bradley by 15.

Bradley will return to the course Monday at the Tellico Village Tanasi course against East Hamilton and Sequoyah, while the Walker Valley boys are heading up the mountain to Lake Tansi for the Cumberland County Invitational.

The Raider squads will take on Bradley and McMinn County on Tuesday at CCC.

Juniors Gage Brakebill and Tyler Ferguson led the Bear attack Wednesday with 1-under 35s, while freshman JT McKenzie came in at even par and junior Alex Kyle carded a 3-over 39 for the Bears’ 145.

Juniors Lucas Maynard and Bryce Kaufman both fired 40s in support of the victors.

“I told the guys before the match to just have fun,” Coach Burke remarked. “We had decided yesterday that instead of wearing the same shirts we always wear, I told them they could wear whatever Bradley golf shirt they wanted to. We had four different shirts out there and had a blast.”

Senior Cade Puryear paced the Mustang effort with a 2-under 34 for low-medalist honors.

Silverdale transfer Dalton Sutton helped out with a 1-over 37 and senior Nick McCracken carded a 40.

Williams had a trio of 45s — David Dansby, Myles Thompson and Jake McCracken — to choose from to round out his four-player score of 156.

Cleveland also got three scores in the 30s, with sophomore Wade Samples and junior Matt Marino topping the effort with 2-over 38s, while senior Drew Linkous was a shot behind at 39.

Freshman Eli Adams posted a 44 for a 159 team tally, while Kley McGowan and Balee Miller shot 46 and 49, respectively.

Posting her best score of the season, sophomore Ellie Mills fired a 42 to go with Hall’s 34 for a Lady Raider winning score of 4-over 76. Sophomore Emma Crouch shot 50 for Cleveland.

Junior Lauryn Roby topped the effort by the Lady Mustangs, posting a 41.

“Lauryn played well today,” praised Coach Williams.

Senior Whitney Kincaid was right on Roby’s heels with a 42, while junior Gracie Medley carded a 49 in support.

While the young Bearettes are still improving, they are staying consistent.

Sophomore Cuppy Kyle led the Bearettes with a 45, while freshmen Hannah Winters and Lauren Baker were right there as well with a 46 and 47, respectively.

Watts tied for

9th at State Am

David Watts of Cleveland is tied for ninth place at the 102nd annual Tennessee State Amateur, posting rounds of 73-70 for a 1-under 143 at the Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville.

Watts had a pair of birdies and three bogeys in his opening round, then came back Wednesday with five birds, but still a trio of bogeys.

Despite firing four birdies on his way to a 1-under 71 Wednesday, Gray fell two strokes shy of making the cut.

An opening round 80 that included a trio of birdies, but also a pair of double bogeys and a half dozen regular bogeys, put him too far in the hole to make the final 65 today.

“Parker played good today, but yesterday he had some trouble,” related Coach Williams.

Gray tied with seven other players at 151, putting them tied for 73rd in the field of 130 players.

Two shots behind Gray was Cleveland golf Taylor Phillips.

Shooting rounds of 75-78, his four birdies Wednesday were countered by a trio of double bogeys and four bogeys.

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