The Cleveland area middle school golf district tournament teed off Monday at Chatata Valley Golf Club. After several inches of rain over the weekend, a few modifications were made to the course in order to make it playable for the 60 area middle school golfers.
In the ladies 9-hole competition, the Ocoee Middle girls galloped away with the championship with a total of 84. Kelsey Cassada won low medalist and paced the attack in firing an early 39, and Olivia Williams added a 45.
Kaylee Gregg finished off the scoring with a 56. Mattie Cardin led the runner-up Wildcats of Riceville Elementary with a 46. Chilhowee Middle finished third and advanced to the region championship led by a 45 by Danielle Bates, who also finished as a medalist along with Cleveland Lady Raider Rheagan Hall. Both Bates and Hall prevailed as the top two in a three-way sudden death playoff.
Kiley Green and Miranda Smith both advanced to the region as individuals from Rhea County.
Riceville Elementary took home the championship hardware on the boys’ side, firing a 345, two shots ahead of runner up Ocoee Middle. Cade Puryear led the Wildcats with a 75, which garnered low medalist honors for the event. Nick McCracken and Parker Gray led the Colts with 82s while McCracken took home third medalist honors in a playoff over his teammate. Colton Humbard shot an 88 and Gage Brakebill rounded out the scoring for the Colts with a 95.
Third place honors went to Rhea County, led by Jackson Lytle with an 88 and Russell Green with an 89 for the 18-hole round. The Raiders of Cleveland will be represented at the region championship by medalist Allen Swetman, who shot a stellar 80 on the day and Matt Marino, who won a sudden death playoff over teammate Torr Couthard to advance to Thursday’s event. Nicholas Thompson shot an 89 and will represent Athens City Middle School in the region.
Thursday’s region championship will be at Brown Acres Golf Course in Chattanooga.