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District golf: Harris continues Sunlake's success; Zephyrhills back on top

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Tue. October 15, 2013 | Steve Lee

SAN ANTONIO — Sunlake’s Kelly Harris became an individual medalist for the second time in two weeks, and Zephyrhills won its first district title since 1993 Tuesday at the Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club.

Harris, a sophomore who won the Sunshine Athletic Conference tournament last week, shot 80 to claim the Class 2A, District 15 title.

“I think districts is a lot bigger because we have a chance to go to regionals,” said Harris, who will share that experience with her teammates since Sunlake took third with 430. “At conference, it’s like practice for district.”

Zephyrhills scored 407 and runnerup Land O’Lakes finished at 411. The Bulldogs were district runnerup the past two seasons.

“After coming close in the past couple of years I felt like we had a good chance to at least move on,” Zephyrhills coach Ken Burgess said. “This was a little unexpected, actually. If we play our game and have a little fun, I think we’ll do okay (at regionals).”

Sydney Owens led Zephyrhills with 91, third best for the tournament. Teammates Danielle Bahr (101) and Emily Nichols (105) finished fifth and sixth.

Land O’Lakes garnered two of the top spots overall with Eden Shirmohammad shooting 90 for second and fourth-place Estefania Guizar finishing at 92.

The three individual regional spots from players not on the top three teams went to Pasco teammates Kaylee Britton (110) and Ashtyn Schildt (112), and Wesley Chapel’s Dana Mumaw (113).

2A-14: Mitchell edges River Ridge for repeat
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: Bishop's Dalton on to regionals
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 writer Matt Baker and correspondent Derek J. LaRiviere contributed to this report.

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