Nall, Lady Raiders win again

By JOE CANNON
Posted 8/13/19
A triple-bogey on her opening hole (No. 18), didn't deter Cleveland High sophomore Hannah Nall as she then smoked Tennessee Tech's Golden Eagle course for a 5-under-par tally on the following 17 holes.

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Nall, Lady Raiders win again

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A triple-bogey on her opening hole (No. 18), didn't deter Cleveland High sophomore Hannah Nall as she then smoked Tennessee Tech's Golden Eagle course for a 5-under-par tally on the following 17 holes.

Her 2-under 68 on a par-70 layout, not only won Nall low-medalist honors, but led the unbeaten Lady Raiders to their second tournament victory in as many Mondays.

Posting an 8-over 148 two-player total, Cleveland (17-0) ran away from the 10-team field at the Cookeville Early Bird Tournament by 10 strokes.

The Lady Raiders nipped fellow 2018 state tournament participant Sale Creek the week before to earn the Bradley Central Invitational title.

Tullahoma was second with a 158 Monday, while Bradley posted a 169 for third place, improving their score from a week ago by 13 shots.

On the boys' side of the event, host Cookeville breezed to the top with a 298 (four-player total) on its home course, while Cumberland County was second at 315 and Walker Valley took third with a 318. The Mustangs improved their score from last week's season-opening event by 29 strokes.

Cleveland finished fifth in the 14-team field, posting a 321 tally, while Bradley was sixth with a 329. The Raiders shaved 11 strokes off last week's season-opening score while the Bears trimmed 13 shots of their tally.

Cleveland and Bradley will travel to Windstone Golf Club Thursday for a tri-match with East Hamilton before the Bears and Mustangs head to Lake Tansi for the Crossville boys' tournament Monday.

Nall, who has won low-medalist honors in each of her three prep events so far this season, is off to another strong start after a 13th place finish at the TSSAA State Tournament last fall.

Senior Ellie Mills shot 80 to round out the Lady Raider score, while classmate Emma Crouch posted a 94 in support.

Senior Cuppie Kyle topped the close Bearette tallies with an 83, while juniors Hannah Winters and Lauren Baker came in at 86 and 87 respectively.

Walker Valley junior Allie Oliver carded a 105 playing as an individual in the event.

After stumbling out of the gate with a seventh-place finish in the season-opening event, the Mustangs have bounced back strong, firing a 6-over 148 (nine holes) to win a tri-match over Sequoyah and Tellico Plains last week before Monday's strong showing.

Three-time TSSAA state tournament participant Dalton Sutton paced the Herd with a 5-over 75, while fellow senior David Dansby carded a 77.

Junior Koleman Leslie helped out with an 82, with freshman Ian Kinsey shooting 84. Junior Madden Snyder posted a 105.

A pair of Cleveland boys broke 80 with junior Eli Adams leading the way with a 7-over 77, while senior Wade Samples was right on his heels with a 78.

Junior Dillon Linkous and senior Tyler Walker were just a stroke apart, carding 83 and 84 respectively. Freshman Trent Walker shot 101 in support.

The Bradley boys had five players in the 70s and 80s in Monday's action.

Junior JT McKenzie and sophomore Newt Hunt led the Black-and-Gold with 79s.

Junior Brett Waters carded an 83, while freshman Jonas Rayfield and sophomore Holden Rakestraw were neck-and-neck with an 87 and 88 respectively.

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