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Mon. October 14, 2013 | Derek J. LaRiviere

BROOKSVILLE — The Class 2A, District 13 championships were decided in beautiful conditions at Silverthorn Golf & Country Club Monday afternoon and into the evening.

The boys title needed extra holes after Springstead and Nature Coast tied in regulation at 349. The Eagles emerged with the crown after winning the first hole by one.

The Sharks did feature Jake Arnett, who won the individual district title for the second straight season. He shot even-par 72 on Nature Coast’s home course, seven strokes ahead of both Hernando’s Cody Montgomery and Springstead’s Brazon Dixon (79).

Hernando (354) will join its county rivals in the Class 2A, Region 5 tournament next week at Fox Hollow.

Also moving on is Weeki Wachee’s Mike Rampino, who shot 11-over 83 to finish fifth overall. He shot 14 on the par-5 third hole after hitting his ball into the water, but still bounced back for one of the best rounds in the field.

Other individuals who advanced are Fivay’s Sean Fluke (19-over 91) and Central’s Jans Tamayo (22-over 94).

Fivay’s girls (420) captured their second straight district title with a dominant victory over runnerup Hernando (452) and Nature Coast (471).

“The most important thing for us as a team is to make sure that our girls love the game of golf going forward,” Fivay coach Richard Bynum said. “They play together so often, and that is reflected in how close their scores are.”

Although every qualifying Falcon golfer was impressive, shooting under 115 and making the top 10, it was the twosome from Springstead who stop atop the standings at the end, edging Amber Mariano (98) by a stroke.

Eagles Kiki Schau and Kyrie Van Meter shot 97 to lead the field. Schau won the tiebreaker to take the district title.

“Kyrie and I are always really competitive with each other, but for us to come out here and do this against the other (golfers) makes it pretty cool,” Schau said. “We’re just really glad to be going to on (to regionals) together.”

Weeki Wachee’s Holly Brumfeld (129) will join the others at regionals.

2A-15: Wesley Chapel, Sunlake boys move on
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.

2A-14: Mitchell, everyone else advances
NEW PORT RICHEY — With only three schools able to field full teams and two individuals remaining, everyone moved on in Monday’s Class 2A, District 14 girls tournament.

The only thing left was to sort out the pecking order.

The top team was easy. Mitchell, with five golfers capable of shooting the lowest round, had already put a lot of ground between itself and what passes for its competition.

And in one of the most anticlimactic tournaments, the Mustangs did just that, winning the team title with a score of 352.

Mitchell’s girls played with razor-sharp focus, hitting the fairways and making clutch shots with three girls — Shyanne Dove (83), MacKenzie Bennett (88) and Lindsey Richardson (89) — all shooting in the 80s. They left little wiggle room for other teams to surge ahead.

Dove, who won individual honors, improved upon her previous season best by four strokes.

“We have such a strong, competitive team that any of us can shoot the best round on any given day,” Dove said. “I thought I did well, especially on the front with a few birdies. It was definitely a confidence booster for me to have the round that I did.”

Gulf, led by Sarah Usewick and Emily Couch, who each shot 97, finished as the runnerup (441).

Tarpon Springs was third (487). Anna Silva was the low scorer for the Spongers with 120.

Dunedin’s Madeline Friese (120) and Anclote’s Chelsea Steere (129) were the individuals not on full teams who moved on to regionals.

3A-10: Wiregrass girls move on to regionals
TEMPLE TERRACE — The 3A-10 girls and boys tournaments came down to playoffs at Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club.
Freedom’s Terese Romeo and King’s Steffi Yo both finished with 77s. But Romeo, the Times’ reigning Hillsborough County player of the year, edged Yo on the second playoff hole.

Megan Pollenz (82) finished third overall for Freedom, which won with a four-player score of 338. King placed second (380), and Wiregrass Ranch (420) is also headed to the next round.

For the boys, Chamberlain junior Norman Black survived the first playoff hole and made par-4 on the second to edge Freedom’s Liam Doherty. Both shot 1-under 71s. Hillsborough’s Christopher Flaherty (77) and Wiregrass Ranch’s Bryce Wilson (84) also move on to regionals.

Staff writers Bob Putnam and Matt Baker, and correspondent Steve Lee contributed to this report.

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