LUTZ – Amidst the private school dominance that took place Monday at the Class A-14 district golf tournament at Cheval Golf and Country Club, the Robinson girls team was easily the feel-good story of the day.
The Knights had enough players to field a full team for the first time in four years this fall, and Robinson’s third-place team Monday finished clinched a berth in the region tournament. The Knights’ edged Berkeley Prep, 468-480, for the final team spot.
Under first-year coach Lisa Derathe , an ESOL teacher at Robinson who decided to coach golf for the first time, the Knights were led by Caroline Gilhool , whose 98 score was seventh-best among the girls.
But key to the Knights’ surge through Cheval’s tight fairways and pond-plentiful course were career-best rounds by Andrea Szikszay (107) and Christine Dang (118).
Both had never played golf before this year, let alone compete in a district tournament.
“We came out here yesterday for a practice round and they were shooting in the 120s and 130s,” Derathe said. “So to see them come out here and do that, it’s really great. As a first-year team and a first-year coach, it’s incredible to keep going.”
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