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CLEARWATER — On a picture-perfect day at Countryside Country Club, Northside Christian pulled off a stunning victory in the Class A, District 15 tournament as the Mustangs’ boys team joined the girls team in the winning column for the first time in school history. The Mustangs, whose girls team won its seventh straight title, captured their first district title with an overall score of 316.
St. Petersburg Catholic finished with a 321 as the teams shocked Calvary Christian, which eked out a third-place result with a 327 over Clearwater Central Catholic’s 328.
The Crusaders came in having won the past four district tournaments, but quickly faded as their two top players, Lee McCoy and Taylor Hancock, shot poorly on their front nines and finished in the 80s.
Northside Christian’s Jeff Heinicka paced the Mustangs with 5-over 77, finishing four behind the Barons’ Clayton Spielman, who garnered top individual honors.
“I’m proud of the way they played and it’s definitely rewarding to have won the school’s first championship in boys golf, but probably an underlying positive is that I know and they do as well, that they can shoot much better,” Northside coach Andy Goodwin said.
Heinicka, who was paired with defending champion McCoy, was on pace to shoot under par as the three-sport athlete entered the back nine at 2 under but mis-hit an iron on No. 11 and drove his tee shot on No. 12 into the woods, finishing 5 over for the two holes.
CCC’s Ryan Orr (77) and David Slattery (81), along with Shorecrest’s Karim Oliver (82), were the individuals who advanced to region play.