TARPON SPRINGS — Fivay coach Eric Kruck knew his boys golfers were going to have to be monsters of the fairway Thursday to contend with Saddlebrook Prep for the team title at the Class A, District 9 tournament.
“I saw some of the scores of the Saddlebrook players coming and thought we were going to have a near-perfect round of golf to win,” Kruck said.
That didn’t happen.
Saddlebrook, which won boys state golf titles in 2002-03, has enjoyed a resurgence this season and won with a score of 327. Fivay was runnerup with 343.
More surprising was that Fivay senior Austin Padova, the 2010 North Suncoast Golfer of the Year, was not among the top five. Padova, who won the Sunshine Athletic Conference and East Lake Invitational titles this season, shot 83 at Cypress Run.
Besides Padova, Fivay had two others, Jake Schoonover (81) and Nick Piro (84), who shot in the 80s.
“Austin struggled through the first 10 holes for some reason and was 11 over,” Kruck said. “But he was able to battle back after that and play even the rest of the way.”
Saddlebrook’s Tom Ng won individual honors with 80. Four others golfers finished with 81 and the tiebreaker was determined by the lowest on the last nine holes. Saddlebrook’s Ryoto Furuya was runnerup and Hudson’s Mitch Campbell was third.
Campbell helped the Cobras become the final team to advance to regionals. Hudson scored 380 overall.
The individuals who advanced were Wesley Chapel's Corey Mumaw (97) and John Nickisher (94) and Ridgewood's C.J. Sta. Anna (95).