At the Mustang Invitational, the Palm Harbor University boys golf team proved the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
There is no superstar, such as Matt Cote, who won a district title and led the Hurricanes to their first state berth in three years.
In his stead are four strong golfers, all capable of emerging from the pack and winning any meet. Thursday, it was Christian Senger’s turn.
Senger, PHU’s No. 2 golfer, shot 70 to win individual honors. His teammates also did well as the Hurricanes shot 298 overall to beat Calvary Christian and win the tournament for the first time.
“We’ve been kind of waiting for everyone to play well at the same time this season,” coach Jim Fuller said. “That’s been something that’s missing. We finally put it all together.”
Better still, it came on a day when No. 1 golfer Dustin Dingus was well off his average with 78. That didn’t put much of a dent in PHU’s title hopes because its top four golfers shot below 80, the first time that has happened all season.
Colby Norris hit five birdies and finished with 73, nine strokes below his average. Brent Hajian had 77, five below his average.
CCC def. Northside 25-13, 25-18, 25-21: Two days after beating district rival Academy of the Holy Names in three games, the Marauders swept another private school power in Pinellas.
CCC made up for its lack of height by playing strong defense and using crisp offense. The Marauders (13-3) have turned the corner with a run that started last week at a tournament in Fort Myers.