TARPON SPRINGS — “District co-champion” sounded perfectly fine to Charlie Camisasca.
The Palm Harbor University senior, admittedly having a rough year on the course, would have been content with leading the Hurricanes to the Class 2A, District 12 championship at Cypress Run and shooting a season-best 70 to match Dunedin’s Travis Huston, whom he played beside all day.
But there would be no co-champions Monday afternoon, as Huston and Camisasca opted for a playoff. Camisasca came out on top after three holes to give Palm Harbor U. the individual and team championships.
“The team victory means a lot more to me than just the individual victory,” said Camisasca, who attributed his season-low score to improved putting. “To have everybody going to regionals and then hopefully states after that is just a great feeling.”
The Hurricanes shot 309 as a team, with their non-scorer finishing only one stroke off their fourth-lowest golfer. PHU posted a 14-1 record and won the PCAC championship this year. And coach Jim Fuller has reason to believe his team is peaking at the right time following Monday’s balanced performance.
“We still haven’t had that day where all five of the guys play really well, and it may not happen, but everything is moving in that direction,” Fuller said. “We’re looking forward to next Monday. It’s going to be fun.”
Led by Huston’s 70 and a 74 from Andrew Norris, Dunedin finished second (327). The Falcons will move on to Monday’s regional along with third-place East Lake, which slipped past Mitchell (331) by three points thanks to David Caulfield’s 78.
Also moving on as individuals are River Ridge’s Chris Dodson and Tarpon Springs’ Marcus Spanolios, who both shot 78, and Isaac Schaefer of Mitchell (80).