Rollins, Shamblin impressive as TGA Jr. Tour event visits Chatata
by By JOE CANNON Assistant Sports Editor
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WALKER VALLEY sophomore Cory Rollins fires his tee shot off the No. 3 box at the Chatata Valley Golf Club Thursday under the watchful eye of grandpa Chip Dockins. Rollins fired a 3-over 75 to post the low score of the day and win the Boys 13-15 Tour Division of the Tennessee Golf Association Junior Tour event, which drew 58 golfers to the local course. Banner photo, JOE CANNON
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Only 11 of the 58 linksters who gathered for the Tennessee Golf Association Junior Tour stop at Chatata Valley Golf Club Thursday were from Bradley County, but three of the locals won their age division titles, including a pair of very impressive scores by Cory Rollins and Kyndall Shamblin.

Rollins fired the day’s lowest score with an even par on the front nine and a 39 on the back for a 3-over 75 on his high school team’s home course.

The Walker Valley sophomore won the Boys 13-15 Tour Division by a half dozen strokes over Jake Campbell (41-40 — 81) of Ooltewah. The pair were two of only three golfers in the event to finish in single digits over par for an 18-hole round.

While Rollins’ 36 on his first nine holes was the top half-round score of the day, the second best went Shamblin.

The 9-year-old Prospect Elementary School student fired a 2-over 38 to capture top honors in the Girls 8-11 Micro Division. Shamblin’s nearest competitor, Chattanooga’s Preslee Yoder, was 21 strokes behind her with a 59.

“A 9-year-old shooting a 2-over — that’s impressive,” proclaimed Chatata Valley general manager Joe Starr. “We had a great day. We always like to have the kids come out an play. It’s one of my favorite days of the year.

“Everything went good for the event,” he added. “We had a good turnout. The rain held off until after they were done playing. Overall we couldn’t have asked for a better day.”

The third local winner of the event was Ocoee Middle School golfer Olivia Williams, who claimed a one-stroke victory in the Girls 12-18 Tour Division. Williams carded matching 48s for an 18-hole tally of 96, which put her one shot better than Alexandria Green from Flintstone, Ga. Ali Baker of Hixson was four strokes back with an even 100.

Gracie Medley, who was also at Ocoee Middle this past school year, captured fourth place in the Girls 12-18 Tour Division (nine-hole classification) with a 58, putting her seven shots behind Lydia Campbell of Ooltewah.

With Rollins winning the largest age division, five other local golfers participated in the Boys 13-15 Tour event.

Allen Swetman, another OMS golfer, came in fifth with matching 45s for a round of 90.

Cade Caprara, who will be a freshman at Cleveland High this fall, was eighth with a 47-46 — 93, while Tennessee Christian Prep School’s Luke Benton took 11th with a 49-51 — 100.

OMS eighth-grader Pete Williams tied for 14th with a 106, while Jayce Lewis was 16th with a 121.

Another OMS golfer, Matthew Marino, tied for fifth place in the Boys 10-13 Tour Division with a nine-hole 49, while schoolmate Seth Neighbors tied for 11th in the same class with a 60.

Harrison Williams of Lookout Mountain shot a 3-over 39 to capture top honors in the Boys 10-11 Micro Division, while Signal Mountain’s Peyton Ogle won the Boys 8-9 Micro with a 5-over 41.

Thomas Hayes of Chattanooga carded a 40-41 — 81 to claim a four-stroke win in the Boys 16-18 Tour Division. Austin Cole of Cohutta, Ga., was second with an 85.

The TGA Junior Tour will return to town June 13 at the Waterville Golf Course and June 17 at the Cleveland Country Club.