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A-15 boys golf: Calvary follows McCoy’s lead to title

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Wed. October 21, 2009 | Bob Putnam | Email

CLEARWATER — Calvary Christian’s Lee McCoy is one of the most consistent hitters in the county.  He is also one of the skinniest.
At 5-foot-6, 110 pounds, McCoy may never be stout, but his golf game is. Shooting  3-under par 69 in windy conditions Tuesday at Countryside Country Club, McCoy won individual honors at the Class A, District 15 tournament by four strokes over teammate Taylor Hancock.
The Warriors shot 310 overall to win their fourth straight district title.
“The goal was definitely was to come in here and win top honors,” said McCoy, who won a playoff to finish as  district runnerup last year. “But we were playing so well that anybody on my team could have won.”
On a day when it was difficult to fire at pins and make birdies, McCoy, a sophomore, showed the resourcefulness and patience that make him mature beyond his years.
“I just knew I had to keep the ball low all day,” he said.
McCoy needed just two shots to make the greens on the par-5 No. 11,  one of his five birdies Tuesday. He made 16 greens in all.
“That 11th hole really got my confidence going for the rest of the day,” McCoy said.
Northside Christian shot 322 to finish as  runnerup and Clearwater Central Catholic, led by Ryan Orr’s 74, was third with a team score of 330.
Canterbury’s Alex Metcalf (74) and St. Petersburg Catholic’s Dereck Hernandez (78) advanced to regionals as  individuals .
Indian Rocks Christian’s Kolin Woodbury tied with Shorecrest’s Charles Dunn at 80, then Woodbury won a playoff on the first hole for the third and final spot.

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