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LARGO — Nick Quintessenza strolled around Bardmoor Golf Club on Monday seemingly content on enjoying his first real turn at controlling a region tournament.
He was hitting dazzling shots, grinning almost constantly as he collected birdies as if they were butterflies.
A day full of sunshine finally cast some long-awaited light on the Class A, Region 5 crowded leaderboard, and it was Quintessenza who basked in it more than anyone. He shot a season-best 73 to win individual honors by a stroke over Calvary Christian’s Lee McCoy.
“I played smart, aimed right and everything went well,” Quintessenza said.
His title was about the only thing that was settled on Monday. Northside shot 317 as a team to tie Calvary Christian for the top spot in the team standings. Both teams will tee off at 7:30 a.m. today on the same course in a one-hole playoff.
Quintessenza’s brother, Anthony, shot 77 and Jeff Heinicka finished with 81 to lead the Mustangs.
The Warriors had three golfers — McCoy, Taylor Hancock (76) and Ben Murray (78) — who shot in the 70s.
Lakeland McKeel Academy’s Rocky Hirsch hit a 7-foot putt to make par on the 18th hole and finished with 75 to qualify as an individual.
Steinbrenner’s Jordan Debonis and Trevor Joseph each shot 76 to finish tied for the second and final individual spot. The two will play in a one-hole playoff today at 9 a.m. to decide who advances to the state tournament.