TRINITY — On a warm, windy day, on a lengthy course where he previously had found only misery, Dunedin senior Travis Huston found a groove.
Behind a crisp, consistent driver, Huston won the Class 2A, Region 4 individual title with a 1-over 72 at Fox Hollow Golf Club. On the same 6,800-yard course a year ago at the district tournament, the son of seven-time PGA Tour winner John Huston failed to break 80.
“I never play good here for some reason, but today I played good,” Huston said. “I just kept it in play and away from all the trouble and made putts when I needed to.”
Huston’s round, which earned him an individual berth in next week’s 2A state tournament in Dunnellon, represented the lone highlight on an otherwise lackluster day for Pinellas County, which owned this tournament last season.
Palm Harbor University and East Lake, the top teams in 2009, finished fifth and seventh, respectively. Huston, who tied for sixth individually at the 2008 state tournament, will be the county’s lone state representative from the region.
He essentially sealed his berth with three birdies on the back nine, including a 40-foot putt on the par-3 12th. Setting up his birdie putts: “pretty much my driver, every single hole,” he said.
Durant’s Connor Hasson, the District 11 champ, finished one shot back to also capture an individual state berth. The top two teams — Wharton (314) and Newsome (317) — and top two individuals qualified for state.