Hernando County did away with its conference a few years ago, but the area public schools continue to battle annually for county supremacy.
On Monday, the boys golf teams converged at Sherman Hills Golf Club where Springstead came away victorious with a combined team score of 331. Central finished second with 344, Nature Coast (368) and Hernando (383).
The Eagles had an ominous beginning when No. 1 golfer Ryan Kiely pulled a back muscle warming up on the driving range. Eagles coach Sonny Long said he pulled Kiely as a precaution. Kiely has been cleared to play next week's district tournament, Long said Tuesday.
"He went to the doctor and has been cleared," Long said. "I wasn't willing to take a chance on having him out there."
Springstead had just five golfers, but enough talent to weather the setback. The Eagles were led by Shane Murphy (38-40-78) and Ryan Nicholl (38-40-78). Anthony Fiocca (40-41-81) and Mike DeCroix (49-45-94) also played strong.
"I'm proud of the kids that finished," Long said. "I didn't think we could compete with four. It was a pretty even ground from a conference standpoint."
Hernando's Zach Teele led all golfers with the low score of the day (37-40-77). Nature Coast was led by Dayne Dukes (42-41-83).