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Tue. September 21, 2010 | Bryan Burns

Golf: Lee McCoy, Northside Christian girls defend titles at Crutchfield/Hawkins Invitational

Calvary Christian boys golfer Lee McCoy and the Northside Christian girls team successfully defended their titles at the prestigious Crutchfield/Hawkins Invitational in Sebring on Monday.

Playing in the top flight, McCoy, a University of Georgia oral commit, was the only golfer to break par at Deer Run Golf Course, shooting 2-under 70 to win the individual title by two strokes.

"Lee has just been playing phenomenal golf," Calvary Christian boys coach Greg McClimans said.

Calvary senior Taylor Hancock fired 1-over 73 to  tie for third, which he won outright after a two-hole playoff. The Warriors took fifth place overall after Ben Murray shot 84 and Harrison McClimans came in at 85 to give Calvary a team score of 312.

Cardinal Newman of West Palm Beach was the boys team winner with 299. Calvary Christian had the best finish among bay area boys teams.

"We played pretty good actually," McClimans, the coach, said. "Ben and Harrison got off to a slow start, but they were even par over the last six holes."

The Northside Christian girls golf team successfully defended its title on the Highlands Ridge North course. The Mustangs shot a team score of 289 to defeat Windermere Prep (290) by a stroke.

A year ago, Northside Christian fired a school-record 278 to win the tournament by 16 strokes.

The competition in 2010, however, proved a bit more challenging. Circle Christian came into the clubhouse in third at 293, and defending Class A state champion American Heritage was fourth at 295.

"It definitely was a showdown of the four best Class A schools in the state of Florida," Northside Christian girls coach D.J. Jackson said.

Mustangs ninth-grader Anna Newell took second individually after shooting 6-under 66. She tied for medalist honors but lost in a scorecard tiebreaker. University of Tennessee commit A.J. Newell fired 2-under 70, Division I-A prospect Michelle Butler fired 75 and Danielle Grace came in at 78 to round out the Mustangs team score.

Playing on the Mustangs second team, a squad consisting of middle school players, Northside Christian eighth-grader Alison Armstrong shot 1-under 71.

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