SEMINOLE — St. Petersburg’s Jack Maguire regrouped after a rough front nine to card an even-par 71 and take medalist honors at the Mustang Invitational at Seminole Lake Country Club on Thursday.
Led by Maguire, the Green Devils also took first place in the 17-team event with 306, five shots better than Calvary Christian.
None of the 105 players in the field were able to break par on the 6,501-yard course. And Maguire said he wasn’t sure he’d be able to get to even par after bogeying his final three holes of the front nine.
“I was kind of scrambling on the front nine,” said Maguire, who will play golf at Florida State next season. “I just told myself at the turn to play to the middle of the greens and try to make some putts. I was able to finish 2 under, so I’m happy with that.”
St. Petersburg also got good rounds from Jake Kevorkian (77), Blake Dyer (78) and Cameron Wolfe (80). Calvary Christian was led by Ben Murray, who shot a 73. John Ainlay added 77 and Zach Wood shot 78. Thanks to those scores, the Crusaders were able to hold off East Lake, Clearwater Central Catholic and St. Petersburg Catholic by a shot for second place.
Calvary Christian is playing without one of its top players, Harrison McClimans, who is no longer at the school.
“I’m very proud of the way our guys played,” Calvary coach Jim Fuller said. “I think they might have finally turned a corner without having Harrison on the team anymore.”
St. Petersburg Catholic’s Matt Rothrock finished second with 72. A group of four players tied for third with 73 — Murray, Countryside’s Donald Wasoff, Palm Harbor University’s Sean Fromme and Ida S. Baker’s Anthony Myers.
CCC’s Ryan Orr, who will play at Florida next season, shot 74.