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Tue. October 15, 2013 | Rodney Page | Email

SEMINOLE — St. Petersburg’s Blake Dyer picked the right time to shoot his lowest high school round of the season. Dyer fired 5-under 66 at Seminole Lake Country Club, seven shots better than Seminole’s Jasen Norris to win the individual title at the Class 3A, District 12 tournament.

The Green Devils won with 297. Countryside was second with (310) and East Lake third (317), one shot better than Seminole. Norris, Clearwater’s Ryan Sweet (75) and Palm Harbor University’s Sean Fromme (75) advance as individuals to Monday’s region tournament at Feather Sound.

“I hit 15 greens and made some putts down the stretch,” said Dyer, who finished with five birdies. “On the first hole, I hit my second shot into the bunker but made the up-and-down. That kind of set the tone for the rest of the round.”

St. Petersburg also got solid rounds from Cameron Wolfe (74), Daniel Weiss (77) and Clay Cottrill (80) to best Countryside by 13 shots.

The Cougars had four players in the 70s. Ryan Hicks led the way with 75, Jay Dixon shot 77 and Donald Wasoff and Josh Glass shot 79.

Tyler Dierwechter shot 75 to help East Lake slip into the third team spot. Sean Cooperrider shot 79 for the Eagles.

Girls: Countryside's Glennie shines with eagle
CLEARWATER — There were no surprises at the girls 3A-12 tournament at Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Course. Countryside’s Madison Glennie earned medalist honors with 2-over 73. Palm Harbor University won the team championship with 380.

Countryside was second with 427. East Lake followed with 442. St. Petersburg, the only other school that had enough golfers to field a team, shot 595. The Green Devils’ No. 2 golfer, Kayla Shelton, was forced to quit after sustaining a back injury on the back nine.

The top three individuals who advanced to regionals at Countryside Country Club are St. Petersburg’s Mariana Ocano, who shot 78. Teammates Alexandra Zamitalo (118) and Christina Wilbur (135) also advance.

Glennie had a consistent round that included eagle on the par-5, 12th hole when she sank a 45-foot putt.

“I had two bogeys on par 3s but overall I played okay,” she said. “I made some really long putts. It would be nice to be closer to the hole, but if it goes in it still counts.”

2A-16: Osceola's Gibson takes it easy, takes title
SEMINOLE — There was no pressure on Osceola’s Haydyn Gibson, at least not this week.

The Class 2A, District 16 tournament had just six girls, five playing for Osceola, the only school to field a full team.

So Gibson hit her driver for recreation, putted with authority and spent Tuesday afternoon sailing through her home course at Bardmoor Country Club. With her pursuers (mostly teammates) nose-diving from the leaderboard, Gibson easily won individual honors with 71, eight strokes better than the top two boys at the tournament.

Gibson, who usually plays the front nine at Bardmoor during the regular-season schedule, shot 37-34. Her score included three birdies and three bogeys.

“That was my best this season,” she said. “Usually I don’t play as well on the back nine as I did. I’m not as familiar with it, but I was just able to get on a roll.”

The Warriors won the team title by shooting 359. Two of Gibson’s teammates, Lauren Morris (80) and Sophie Smoot (91), also played well.

Boca Ciega’s Sadie Chlapowski (100) was the only other girl to play and advanced as an individual.

On the boys side, Osceola won the team title with 323. Largo (351) and Dixie Hollins (351) were the other teams to advance.

The Warriors’ Mike Lambert and Cameron Fady each finished with 79 and had a one-hole playoff to determine the winner. Lambert won with a putt to make par on the first hole, beating Fady by a stroke.

“I started off well and shot 34 on the front nine,” Lambert said. “The back was rough, though. I finished with a 45 and I wanted to make up for that in the playoff. I did well, and I missed a putt by a foot to make birdie on the playoff hole.”

Boca Ciega’s Cameron Fields and Dixie Hollins’ Juan Valencia each finished with 80, with Fields prevailing in a one-hole playoff for third place.

Fields and Lakewood’s Calob Cook (93) and Alex Henley (109) were the top three individuals not on qualifying teams to advance.

2A-14: Two Falcons, one Sponger move on
NEW PORT RICHEY — The overcast skies made for cool conditions at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club on Tuesday morning in the Class 2A, District 14 boys championships.

Mitchell won the team title, earning its second consecutive district crown after walking away with the 2A-11 trophy last year.

Even with the realigned district and their best golfer playing below expectations, the Mustangs (318) outpaced runnerup River Ridge (329).

“Our (performance) was good and bad,” Mitchell coach Rick Hyatt said. “Our low guys (Anthony Swinford and Mike Spinger) obviously did very well, but the other three didn’t shoot as well as they’re capable of.

“We’ll definitely take it, but there’s room for improvement.”

Mitchell’s Donnie Gabrelcik, the two-time Sunshine Athletic Conference golfer of the year, finished one stroke from an individual district title last season. Like many of his teammates, the junior had uncharacteristic struggles with his putter.

“I was surprised with our putting,” Hyatt said. “The course was in great shape, but it seemed like we just had trouble adjusting.”

Swinford and Spinger, who tied as runnersup to Gabrelcik at the SAC tournament, stepped up. Swinford, who placed ninth in the district a season ago with 78, broke through for the individual championship (72). Springer wasn’t far behind in third with 74.

The Royal Knights will join Mitchell in next week’s Class 2A, Region 5 tournament at Fox Hollow Golf Club in New Port Richey, led by Mike Stewart. After tying for the individual district title last year with 75, Stewart shot 77 Tuesday to spark River Ridge to finish fourth.

“(Stewart) didn’t play his best golf,” River Ridge coach Mike Marlin said. “He shoots under par at Seven Springs regularly.”

Also advancing was third-place Gulf (338), featuring Jackson Raymond (76) and Ryan Gibson (82).

The at-large bids for the region tournament went to Dunedin’s Michael Schermerhorn (84) and Adam Norris (90), and Tarpon Springs’ Ryan Wahl (84).

A-13: Calvary boys third
At Saddlebrook, Cambridge Christian’s girls won a one-hole playoff to edge Berkeley Prep for the team championship after both teams finished at 389.

Ashley Zagers earned the individual title with a day-low 74, two ahead of teammate Alison Armstrong. Junior Elaine Donigan’s 86 was the low score for the Buccaneers.

Carrollwood Day’s Claudia Rami (83) and Bishop McLaughlin’s Brooke Dalton (89) move on as individuals.

Saddlebrook Prep dominated the boys tournament with 279 — 58 shots better than Berkeley Prep. Saddlebrook’s Ryoto Furuya (67), Won Jun Lee (67) and Joe He (69) had the day’s top rounds.

James Donigan (78) and Michael Hoff (82) led the Bucs, who finished five shots better than Calvary Christian.

Individuals advancing were Cambridge Christian’s Matthew Liffrig (83) and CDS’ Nick Nugebauer (83) and Isaac Dieter (86).

Staff writers Bob Putnam and Matt Baker and correspondent Derek J. LaRiviere contributed to this report.

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