OCALA — While a looming storm canceled most other area district tournaments Tuesday, the Class 2A, District 5 championship played on at the Country Club of Silver Spring Shores.
Springstead (346 strokes), the top North Suncoast placing program, came up two strokes short of a team invitation to regionals, but the Eagles did qualify their top individual, Ryan Nicoll, who came in fourth.
Lecanto (307) won the tournament, with Citrus (341) and Vanguard (344) the other two schools to emerge from the close competition.
Nicoll carded 6-over 78, seven behind Lecanto’s Drew Cooke, the individual winner. Last season, the Eagles finished as runnerup in District 2A-6 so all of the members of the team qualified, but Nicoll improved on last year’s first round when he shot 83.
Central’s Bill Jackson (75) took one of the other two at-large bids along with Forest’s Grant Lovell (80), coming in third overall. Jackson’s round wasn’t enough to push the Bears (378) into the hunt, as the program finished eighth in the team standings.
Zephyrhills (359) placed sixth behind top-10 performances from Cody Nichols and Corey Bahr. Both shot 82 on the course, which was in great shape according to coaches. The state tournament has been held at this venue the past two seasons.