LUTZ — Despite Cheval Golf and Country Club being his home course the past four years, Jesuit senior Brian Lanoue isn’t fond of the tight fairways and plentiful ponds.
He knew, however, that he could be aggressive against his competition in Monday’s A-14 tournament.
Despite shooting six bogeys, Lanoue shot a personal-course best 1-under 71 to win his second straight individual district gold crown, bettering last year’s winning score by three shots, and beating teammate Chet Ghioto (73) to help Jesuit to its seventh straight team title.
Tampa Catholic (322) was second and Berkeley Prep (343) third.
“I don’t enjoy playing on it very much,” Lanoue said with a smirk, “but I thought it would give us an advantage today.”
Lanoue shot even-par 36 on the front nine and finished strong on the final three holes with birdies on the 16th and 17th, and eagle on 18 by knocking down a 20-foot putt.
The Tigers placed four golfers in the top seven. Joseph Trim and JC Cirella tied for the fourth-best score (80), but placed sixth and seventh individually with in a four-man playoff won by Cambridge’s Jake Rogers (80). Roger advanced as an individual along with
Tampa Prep’s Kevin Park (82) and Cory Kleinman (85).
For Lanoue, it was his third straight top-two finish. He was the district runnerup as a sophomore with (79).