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2A-13 girls golf: St. Petersburg's Crutchfield dominant in title defense

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Tue. October 19, 2010 | Bob Putnam | Email

SEMINOLE — In her most dominating performance of the season, St. Petersburg’s Shane Crutchfield reminded the other nine golfers Monday what she could do to a field, a golf course and a tournament when she is on her game.

Crutchfield, the defending two-time Class 2A, District 13 champion, dismantled the field, making herself feel right at home at Seminole Lakes Country Club by shooting a season-best 71.

It was her best showing at a district tournament. She finished with 84 two years ago and 74 last year.

But Crutchfield thought she could have played better.

"I feel like I could have shot 68,” she said. “I missed two putts within 6 feet.”

Still, Crutchfield established herself as the dominant golfer with almost every shot. Her round tied the best among the boys and was 12 strokes better than her closest girls competitor, Osceola’s Alexandra Franceze.

On the 16th hole, Crutchfield nearly had a hole-in-one. Her drive bounced twice before hitting the pin, then the cup, then bouncing out 3 inches away.

“I was in a sand trap and couldn’t really see the shot, but I thought I had it when I heard it hit the pin,” Crutchfield said.

Now, Crutchfield will focus on the region tournament, which she won last year with 72.

“I’m playing pretty well but I could always do better,” Crutchfield said.

Crutchfield’s blistering score helped the Green Devils total 446 to win the team title. The Warriors, the only other team in the district to field a full squad, also advanced to regionals with a 455.

Northeast’s Hayley Betz was the only girl not on a team to participate and advanced as an individual with 126.

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