LUTZ — Monday’s Class A-14 district golf tournament probably couldn’t have come at a worse time for Steinbrenner senior Alex Milan.
Normally, she would spend Friday afternoon and Saturday hitting balls at Cheval Golf & Country Club. This weekend, however, she spent it in a dress as a member of Steinbrenner’s homecoming court.
Monday’s tournament didn’t mark her best golf, but Milan, a Florida State recruit, still ran away from the field, shooting 78 to win and help second-year Steinbrenner win its first district team tournament, beating Academy of the Holy Names 352-383.
“I’m not sure it was the most focused round I’ve ever had,” Milan said with a smile. “I didn’t do a good job preparing for it. I went out there and did my best and I didn’t get frustrated, which was good. I fought through it. It could have been a lot worse than it was. I just look at it as a steppingstone to regionals.”
Milan edged Blake’s Summer Moser, an individual qualifier, by three strokes. Holy Names’ Emmy Martin (85) placed third after emerging from a two-hole sudden death playoff with Steinbrenner’s Michelle Stein.
Milan overcame three bogeys, including triple bogey on No. 9. But Milan said her four teammates all scored course career bests, including freshmen Brooke Deal (99) and Andi Milan (115).
“The team as a whole today played awesome,” Milan said. “We played really consistently as a team. We’re excited because we get a big banner put up in the gym. We’ll be the first people to put that banner up for golf.”
Milan, who placed ninth at state as a sophomore and eighth as a junior, has bigger goals ahead. She said she has played better golf since committing to FSU this season, shooting three straight outings under par.
“The last couple weeks I’ve been playing really well,” she said. “Ever since I committed to FSU, I’ve been able to really put everything I’ve got toward golf. The last couple weeks I’ve had really phenomenal rounds.”