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Sun. October 18, 2009 | Bryan Burns

Dunedin’s Travis Huston has been granted provisional eligibility by the Executive Director’s office of the Florida High School Athletic Association, allowing the junior golfer to compete for the Falcons during the upcoming playoff stretch.

 

Huston sat most of the season awaiting word on his eligibility from the FHSAA after it was learned he participated at Calvary Christian’s practice on August 10, the date golf teams are first allowed to practice by the FHSAA. Days later, Huston transferred back to Dunedin, where in 2008 he led the Falcons to an eighth-place finish at the Class 2A state championships and was named the Times Pinellas County Boys Golfer of the Year.

 

According to the FHSAA Handbook, a student may only participate at “the school where the student first participates in an athletic activities on or after the official start date of that sport season before he/she attends classes at any school.”

 

After gaining provisional eligibility, Huston, son of PGA Tour veteran John Huston, made his season debut Thursday at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference North County championship, where he shot four-over 41 to help Dunedin to a runner-up finish.

 

“I’m glad he’s playing for him and for the team,” Dunedin head coach Rich Edmonds said. “The kids are excited that he’s back.”

 

Huston, who has played in just one golf match this year for Dunedin, has been granted an exemption from the FHSAA rule that requires a student athlete to participate in a minimum of four interscholastic contest in the sport during the regular season to be eligible for the playoffs.

 

It should be noted however, the provisional eligibility does not completely clear Huston but rather allows the golfer to participate with Dunedin until the next hearing before a Sectional Appeals Committee.

 

The FHSAA will make a final ruling on Huston’s situation at a Section 3 Appeals Committee meeting in Bradenton on November 5, one day after the final round of the state finals.

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