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2A-10 girls golf: Durant's Opfer leads the pack but sees room to improve

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Mon. October 17, 2011 | Laura Keeley | Email

TAMPA — With three top-10 finishes at the state tournament on her resume, Durant senior Madison Opfer was considered the front runner coming into the 2A-10 district golf tournament at Heritage Isles.

She did not disappoint.

Opfer, who is headed to Tulane next year, posted the only under-par score (69) en route to winning the individual title. Despite five birdies sprinkled throughout her round, she graded her performance as “average.”

“I can still work on a few things, there’s always room for improvement,” said Opfer, noting that she has been working on her overall swing and putting in particular.

Opfer, along with Bloomingdale freshman Elizabeth Jackson and Riverview senior Juila McQuilken, are moving on as individuals to the region 4 tournament next week.

“My first three holes on the back I started a bit rough, but I got it back together,” said McQuilken, last year’s district winner, of her 3-over 75. She said her more conservative shot selection helped her rebound on the final six holes. “Overall, not too bad.”

Jackson, who shot 77, said she was pleased with her round and pointed to her birdies on the seventh and ninth holes as the highlight of her day.

The top four golfers at Plant City, which won the team title with a combined score of 323, Steinbrenner (328) and Freedom (355) will also move on to the Oct. 25 showdown at Walden Lake Golf and County Club.

Terese Romeo, a freshman from Freedom, posted 77, the top score on her team. She played with a brace on her right hand and is scheduled to have surgery Thursday, which will keep her off the course for six weeks.

“She wanted to come out and play for her team,” Vanessa Romero, her mother, said. “She wanted to help them qualify.”

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