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Wed. September 9, 2009 | Bryan Burns

Dunedin 2008 Times Pinellas County boys golfer of the year Travis Huston is currently sitting out the 2009 season while he awaits word whether he’ll be allowed to play for the Falcons this season.

Huston, son of PGA Tour veteran John Huston, transferred to Calvary Christian during the second half of the 2008-09 school year. He was scheduled to attend Calvary Christian in 2009-10 but transferred back to Dunedin before the start of the school year.

Before transferring, though, Huston participated with Calvary Christian when the Warriors held their first practice on Aug. 10.

According to the Florida High School Athletic Association Handbook, a student may only participate at "the school where the student first participates in an athletic activities on or after the official start date of that sport season before he/she attends classes at any school."

The FHSAA Handbook defines athletic activities as including, but not limited to, "tryouts, offseason conditioning, summer workouts, preseason conditioning, in-season practice and contests."
Once Dunedin learned of Huston’s participation with Calvary, the school decided to hold the junior golfer out of practicing and playing with the team.

"We have not allowed him to participate until a determination can be made," Dunedin athletic director Mark Allison said. "We want to make sure that we do not violate any FHSAA rules or hurt Travis’ opportunities to play high school golf."

Asked if the school had filed an appeal to allow Huston to participate with the Falcons, Allison said: "At this point, I don’t want to discuss the workings of what’s going on with that. We’re currently working on the determination of whether or not Travis will be able to participate."

Allison was unsure when a decision would be made regarding Huston’s status for the rest of the season, but said, "I would guess it’s going to be in the near future."

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