EAST LAKE — Last year, Northside Christian’s boys golf team won a district title in a playoff that took two days to settle.
This time, it was not as close.
The Mustangs defended their title, beating Clearwater Central Catholic 305-315 in the Class A, District 8 tournament at East Lake Woodlands on Monday.
Once again, a Quintessenza came through with a quintessential performance for Northside Christian.
Anthony Quintessenza shot a season-best 71 to win individual honors. Last year Quintessenza’s brother, Nick, shot 73 to help the Mustangs win. Nick graduated, along with several others, and many wondered how the team would fare without them.
Northside fared even better as Anthony was one of three Mustangs to shoot in the 70s, joining Troy Hicks (74) and Chris Keller (77).
"I was hitting the ball really well today and making my putts," Quintessenza said. "I knew it going to be close with CCC, but I felt we had a good shot at winning."
The top two Marauders were Ryan Orr (76) and Connor O’Shaughnessy (79). St. Petersburg Catholic (320) was the final team to advance to regionals with two golfers, N.J. Fiske (77) and Clayton Spillman (79), in the 70s.
Canterbury’s Kyle Shealy (74), Calvary Christian’s Harrison McClimans (76) and Shorecrest’s Andrew Herric (77) move on as individuals.
On the girls side, Northside Christian won its eighth straight district title, scoring 361 to beat Indian Rocks Christian by 66 strokes. It turned out to be a dual match because no other school in the district had enough girls to field a full team.
The Mustangs, with two eighth-graders, two seventh-graders and a sixth-grader in the lineup, shot consistently in the 80s and 90s. Ryanne Jackson, an eighth-grader, led the Mustangs with 87. The top Golden Eagle was Ashley Kimbrough at 96.
"It’s been a lot of fun to coach this team because they’re young but they keep getting better," Northside Christian coach D.J. Jackson said.
Clearwater Central Catholic’s Marisol Doglioli (73) and Emma Paschal (77), and St. Petersburg Catholic’s Emily Swidock (89) advanced to regionals as individuals.