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LUTZ — Despite being Jesuit golfer Brian Lanoue’s home course, Cheval Golf & Country Club isn’t his favorite because of its tight fairways.
But the Tigers junior knows the course well enough to know that if he survived the first five holes of Monday’s Class A-14 district tournament, he could play the rest of the course through and have a chance to win.
And when he ended his fifth hole with a 50-foot birdie putt, he knew it was his day.
Lanoue’s 2-over 74 won the tournament and led Jesuit to a second straight district team title. The Tigers edged Steinbrenner by five strokes, 324-329. Berkeley Prep (343) also advanced to regionals as a team.
“I knew where I couldn’t miss it,” said Lanoue, who hit 14 greens. “That’s where a bogey turned into a par. I made two 50-footers today. Other than that, I didn’t get away with much.”
Lanoue edged second-place Jordan Debonis (78) of Steinbrenner by five strokes. Jesuit’s Anthony Maccaglia (79) needed a one-hole sudden death playoff to take third from Berkeley’s Bradley Glisson.
“I knew coming in that a 74 was good, but I thought someone could beat me,” Lanoue said, who placed second in last year’s district tournament with 79.
Lanoue, a golfer and hockey player, has come a long way from then. He sustained a serious knee injury playing club hockey last year, carted off the rink on a stretcher.
The injury kept him off the course for about 2½ months last winter. He now plays only on Jesuit’s high school hockey team, and not until the end of the golf season — which now will extend until regionals at the earliest.