TEMPLE TERRACE — When Chamberlain junior Norman Black approached his first playoff hole in Monday’s Class 3A, District 10 championship, he had one thought: Get on the fairway.
He nearly hit a tree.
But Black survived the first hole and made par-4 on the second to edge Freedom’s Liam Doherty and earn individual medalist honors.
“My heart was beating very fast,” said Black, who advances to next week’s Class 3A, Region 4 tournament at Feather Sound Country Club.
Black and Doherty finished first and second by shooting 1-under 71s at Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club. Both ran into the trees on the first playoff hole and settled for 5.
On the second, Doherty’s tee shot sailed wide right into trees again, for bogey. Black avoided a bunker on his first shot and two-putted for the victory.
Hillsborough’s Christopher Flaherty (77) and Wiregrass Ranch’s Bryce Wilson (84) also move on to regionals by placing among the top three individuals.
Freedom swept the team titles. The Patriots’ boys team, behind 78s from Jimmy Jones and Charles Seward, finished with 308 — 13 strokes ahead of runnerup King.
The Lions’ Adam Liggins placed third overall (72) for King. Wharton also advances by placing third, thanks to strong showings by Ricky Condon (81) and Sean Kim (82).
The girls tournament also came down to a playoff. Freedom’s Terese Romeo and King’s Steffi Yo both finished with 77s. But Romeo, the Times’ reigning county player of the year, edged Yo on the second playoff hole to earn medalist honors.
Megan Pollenz (82) finished third overall for the Patriots, who won with a four-player score of 338. King placed second (380), and Wiregrass Ranch (420) is also headed to the next round.
Hillsborough’s Sarvika Bommakanti (83) and Aleesha Mundra (107), and Wharton’s Nicole Stannard (101) move on as the top three individuals.
2A-15: Jesuit wraps up team, individual honors
ZEPHYRHILLS — Led by individual medalist Matt Ruel, Jesuit won handily and Wesley Chapel was the runnerup in Monday’s Class 2A, District 15 tournament at Silverado.
Things got a bit tighter for third place and the final qualifying individual spots for a region berth. So tight, in fact, that there were playoffs for both.
Sunlake defeated host Zephyrhills by making par at 16 on Hole No. 1. The Bulldogs were 2 over, settling for fourth and just missing out on regionals a second straight year.
Zephyrhills took solace in advancing Stephen Pollock, who shot 79 to place seventh overall.
“Even though we didn’t make it as a team the other kids were rooting Stephen on,” Zephyrhills coach Sean Klotz said.
Taking the other two at-large spots following a two-hole individual playoff between four golfers who tied at 85 were Pasco’s Turner Imhoff and Land O’Lakes’ Lawrence Cai.
Ruel, a sophomore, won his first district title by finishing 4-under 68. He made 14 pars, four birdies and reported no major problems navigating the course.
“It really shows that I played to my ability and I played solid golf,” said Ruel, who placed fifth in last year’s district tourney at Emerald Greens. “I hung in there all day.”
Jesuit shot 300 as a team, thanks in part to taking four of the top six finishes. Alec Murawski was the tournament runnerup (75), Kurt Sierra took fifth (78) and Joseph Trim shot 79 to finish sixth.
“I feel pretty good about 300. I knew they could do that,” Jesuit coach Nico Hohman said.
Wesley Chapel (328) was led by Zach Leemens, who placed fourth at 78.
Sunlake and Zephyrhills each totaled 350 before the playoff hole. Jake Roberts paced the Seahawks with a round of 76 to finish third.
3A-13: Plant City girls roll
At Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, Plant City cruised to the title, finishing 27 strokes ahead of runnerup Durant.
Kellyanne Hurst led the Raiders with a 5-over performance to earn medalist honors, and teammate Kendall Johnson finished 8 over.
Tori Higgins’ 7-over showing was tops for Durant, while Meghna Patel was at 6 over for third-place Newsome.
East Bay’s Natthakran Siribun and Riverview teammates Rachel Kuhn and Savannah Vickers advanced as the top three individuals.
Correspondent Steve Lee contributed to this report.