LARGO — Northside Christian’s appearance in the Class A, Region 5 tournament Monday was like a rerun.
The Mustangs, the six-time defending six-time champion, were the overwhelming favorite. Everyone knew it, from the players who were chasing them to the gallery that was watching.
After all, Northside has six golfers capable of shooting in the 70s, and they had the advantage of playing on their home course at Bardmoor Golf Club.
With every authoritative shot, Northside moved farther from the pack, turning an 18-hole battle into a romp. The Mustangs shot 295 as a team to win the team title by 44 strokes over Steinbrenner.
“Northside is a great team, “ Steinbrenner coach Mark Mann said. “We all knew coming in here that we were pretty much playing for second.”
Anna Newell shot 69 for the Mustangs to win individual honors. Three of her teammates, Danielle Grace (75), Michelle Butler (75) and A.J. Newell (76), shot in the 70s.
Northside will try to win its first state team title since 2004. The Mustangs finished as runnerup last year and took third the previous two years.
“It’s pretty remarkable to win seven straight region titles,” Northside coach D.J. Jackson said. “We’ve been able to be consistent each year. We shot a respectable score, but I thought we could go lower considering we were on our home course.”
Steinbrenner advanced to state as a team for the first time. The Chargers were led by Alex Milan, who shot 74.
“This was one of the goals to make it to state,” Mann said. “We won the district title and were able to take that next step and move on.”
Academy of the Holy Names Emmy Martin (74) and Blake’s Summer Moser (81) advanced as individuals.