Mustang golf squads hold off Irish
by JOE CANNON Banner Assistant Sports Editor
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WALKER VALLEY junior Corey Rollins fires an approach shot from the middle of the sixth fairway at the Chatata Valley Golf Club during Wednesday’s Mustang victory over Notre Dame. Banner photo, JOE CANNON
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Consistency was the key to victory for the Walker Valley Mustangs on Wednesday, as Notre Dame paid a visit to the Chatata Valley Golf Club.

“We had four good scores, all within two strokes of each other (in the boys match). That’s what we needed against a tough team like Notre Dame,” praised Mustang head coach Bob Williams after the narrow 151-153 victory over the Irish.

The Lady Mustangs had a similar day with just five strokes separating three players in an 84-93 win over the Lady Irish.

“Our girls have played well in both of their matches and are off to a great start,” proclaimed Williams of his 2-0 girls’ squad.

The Lady Mustangs will travel to Cookeville Monday to play in an invitational tournament, while the boys will do the same Aug. 18 in Crossville.

Both Walker Valley squads will host Ooltewah back at Chatata Valley Wednesday.

After missing Tuesday’s match in Niota to play in the Chattanooga Junior Golf Championship at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, junior Dylan Lillard did double duty Wednesday.

After a 2 and 1 victory Tuesday, Lillard said he “didn’t play as well” Wednesday morning as he fell in the title match, but he didn’t let that affect him as he raced back in time to play against Notre Dame.

Both Lillard and freshman Cade Puryear led the Mustangs with 1-over-par 37s on the Chatata Valley front nine, while senior Kyle Limburg was right on their heels with a 38 and junior Corey Rollins rounded out the team score with a 39.

The visitors were led by Zac Dombassi who earned low-medalist honors with an even-par 36. Brendon Eistlstein and Reese Scobey followed with a 37 and 38 respectively. The final score for the Irish was a 42 from Jared Nelson.

“They (the Irish) are a really strong team and that’s why we like to play them. It’s always a tough match,” declared Coach Williams, whose Mustangs are now 2-2 on the young links season. “It’s a good win for us.”

In the girls’ competition, junior Katie Medley led the way for the Lady Mustangs, firing a low-medalist half round of 4-over 40.

Sophomore Kelsey Cassada added a 44 for the winning tally, while senior Haley Ellis was right behind her with a 45.

The Lady Irish got a 42 from Mattie Strozak and a 51 by Molly Higgins.