LARGO — Northeast’s Kyle Kubala was brimming with confidence when he teed off at Monday’s Class 2A, District 12 tournament at Bardmoor Country Club. Kubala was fresh off a second- place finish at the City Amateur Championship at Mangrove Bay over the weekend.
He managed to stay in the groove, firing 2-over 74 to win individual medalist honors. Adam Norris of Seminole and John McGuire of St. Petersburg were second with 76.
“I was thinking I could win,’’ said Kubala, a junior. “But I definitely wanted to be somewhere around even or a couple over. I’ve only played this course once or twice in my life.’’
St. Petersburg won the team championship (318). Aside from McGuire, John Kevorkian shot a solid 79, Zach Monawar chipped in with 81 and Daniel Weis shot 82. Seminole (331) was second and Northeast (336) third. The top three teams advanced to regionals Oct. 24 at Wentworth Golf Club in Tarpon Springs.
The top three individuals not on a qualifying team also advance. But there was some controversy selecting those three players.
Clearwater’s August Cook (82) and Chase Harvey (84) finished first and second, respectively, but both were disqualified. After the players finished their rounds, they returned to the course on a cart to watch play. Coaches deemed that a violation, a ruling made after the players left the course. Instead, Pinellas Park’s Jeff Detrano (85), Dixie Hollins’ Bobby Gomes (87) and Pinellas Park’s Brandon Meyer (89) were the individual qualifiers.