Coach Bob Williams’ Mustang herds have dominated the local high school golf scene the last several years and are once again galloping to lead the pack, but in the first meeting between the local teams Bradley Central’s Chase Montgomery and Heidi Barringer of Cleveland High stole the show.
Montgomery had the shot of the day with a 125-yard approach shot that landed on the middle of the third green, then spun backwards about 10 feet and into the hole for an eagle.
Posting an even-par 36 for the half round, the Bear senior earned low-medalist honors among the boys.
Barringer posted the best nine-hole total in recent memory for a CHS female player and was tops among the local girls, with a red-hot 37. Her 1-over-par tally was the second lowest overall score of the day among all players.
“That’s the best (half) round I’ve seen from one of our girls in the six years I’ve been there,” praised Cleveland coach Nick Cantrell. “She’s been playing very well this summer, but today she was at her best.”
Walker Valley’s consistency up and down its lineup gave the north-siders the victories again yesterday as the Mustangs, despite their No. 1 player struggling some from a wrist injury, got three scores in the 30s for a 157 total, while Cleveland shot a 161 and Bradley a 170.
In the girls’ match, the Lady Mustangs galloped away with an 82, while the Lady Raiders followed at 94 and the young Bearettes had a 102.
“It helps when you have five or six boys players and four or more girls, who are capable of posting good scores,” commented coach Williams. “Today Garrett (Cantrell, who missed Tuesday’s match) was bothered by his wrist (which he injured in a car accident), but our 3, 4 and 5 man stepped up and all shot in the 30s.”
Junior Kyle Limburg and senior Jordan Leggett both fired 2-over 38s, while sophomore Corey Rollins was right there with them with a 39. No. 2 man, sophomore Dylan Lillard had his struggles as well but was able to round out the scoring with a 42.
“I’m proud of the way Kyle (Limburg) and Corey (Rollins) stepped up today and Jordan (Leggett) has been playing great all season,” praised coach Williams.
The Cleveland effort was led by sophomore Tucker Jones with a 38, while senior Conner Caprara carded a 39. Senior Chris Bryant shot 41 for the Raiders, while classmate Andrew Adams added a 43.
Montgomery’s even-par tally was the lone score in the 30s for Bradley as Tyler Parris and Matthew Maynard each posted 43s, while Baylor McGowan had a 48.
The story was much the same among the girls as the Lady Mustangs came off a Cookeville Tournament victory earlier in the week with four scores within four strokes of each other.
Senior Katie Bishop led the way with a 3-over 39 for second low-medalist behind Barringer, while Williams had his choice between senior Kassey Gregg and freshman Kelsey Cassada’s scores as both fired 43s.
“Katie Medley (sophomore) had a 42 and I didn’t have her in the lineup today,” commented the Walker Valley coach. Each team takes the top two scores from three designated players in each match. For the boys it’s four scores from among five players.
Along with Barringer’s top round, the Lady Raiders got a 57 from freshman Shinduri Vijayakuma.
The Bearettes were led by freshman Olivia Williams with a 50, while McKenzie Randolph carded a 52.
Bradley will be back in action today as it travels to Bear Trace to face Soddy-Daisy, while the Raider squads will host Ooltewah at the Cleveland Country Club.