ST. LEO — There weren’t ideal conditions at the Abbey Course at Saint Leo for Monday’s Class A, District 8 championship, but Pasco’s Kellianne May refused to let anything slow her down on her way to a second straight district title.
May led Pasco to the team crown with 355 strokes on a soggy, difficult course one season after the Pirates were the runnersup in this same event. Nature Coast (404) was second thanks to a deep, consistent scoring effort.
Last season at Shadybrook Golf Course in Sumterville, May carded 7-over 79 for her win, edging South Sumter’s Micah Adams for the title by one stroke. The competition played out much the same way at Saint Leo with May and Adams grouped with Bishop McLaughlin’s Spencer Valdespino.
The Pirate senior was consistent throughout, shooting 1 under on the front nine and 2 under on the back. Adams stayed on her heels, shooting even par most of the round before coming in at 2-over 72.
“Last year I missed going to state by one stroke so I know I have to stay focused and keep working,” May said. “You just have to play your best and not worry about where you’re playing.”
The same three programs advanced out of the district for the second year in a row, but this time, defending district champion South Sumter (431) fell to third.
Led by Kae Elliott (90), Nature Coast’s foursome all carded in fewer than 110 for 18 holes. Autumn McCullough (99) placed in the top 10 individually and easily bested her nine-hole average of 59 on both sides. Kaitlyn Glynn (107) and Cassidy Verdi (108) finished out the scoring with personal-best rounds.
“We got great efforts out of Kaitlyn and Cassidy,” Nature Coast coach Cheryl Paradis said, “but it was the whole team that has been playing well lately, and it shows on a day like this.”
Both Bishop McLaughlin competitors advanced as individuals as Valdespino came into the clubhouse with 13-over 83, and teammate Alannah DeBella-Stodden signed for 103