TRINITY — Mitchell’s girls played with razor-sharp focus, hitting the fairways on a windy day and making clutch shots when they needed them. They left little wiggle room for other teams to surge ahead and won the Class 2A, District 11 team title with an overall score of 323.
It was a nice turnaround for the Mustangs, who lost last year’s team title to Palm Harbor University by five strokes. This time, Mitchell won by 14.
Still, it was not enough to please the Mustangs’ No. 1 golfer, Rebecca Van Etten.
For the past two years, Van Etten has been runnerup for the individual title and was hoping to shoot in the high 60s on Thursday.
It didn’t happen because Van Etten’s putting stroke deserted her in crucial moments.
Van Etten finished second — again. She shot 72, two strokes behind the Hurricanes’ Jasmine Wade, who defended her title by shooting 1-under 70 for the second straight year.
“I’m happy for the team because we did well,” Van Etten said. “But my putting was just terrible. It killed me out there. Hopefully, I can bounce back at regionals.”
For Wade, it was her lowest score of the season.
“I think I did well because the course is short,” Wade said. “I was long off the tee and I was able to dial in my short irons. I was able to have a real consistent round and make some birdie putts.”
Ashley Richardson shot 79 and Emma Fivecoat shot 81 for Mitchell.
The other team to advance to regionals was Countryside, which shot 356. The individuals who advanced were East Lake’s Jardan Patton (83) and Ashley Richardson (92) and Land O’Lakes' Eden Shirmohammad (101).