WESLEY CHAPEL — No one braved Monday’s intermittent downpours at Quail Hollow better than Mitchell’s Donnie Gabrelcik, who repeated as individual medalist and led his team to a third straight Sunshine Athletic Conference title.
“It’s very frustrating, but it’s part of the game so you’ve got to play through it,” said Gabrelcik, who shot 3-under par that included five birdies. “The greens were slow.”
Gabrelcik, a junior, finished four strokes ahead of teammates Mike Spinger and Anthony Swinford, who tied for second overall. Teammate Ben Wagner chipped in with 80 to help the Mustangs score 295 and win their sixth conference crown in eight seasons.
Coach Rick Hyatt put that impressive run in perspective by comparing it with Mitchell’s girls, who are seeking a 13th straight conference championship today at Plantation Palms.
“We can’t keep up with our girls,” he said. “They’re too tough. It keeps us grounded.”
Hyatt noted playing five extra 18-hole matches and having 12 golfers who shoot 43 or better makes his current team the deepest he has had in his eight seasons at Mitchell.
“Our guys play a lot of junior golf when they’re not playing for the school, and that helps,” Hyatt said.
Wesley Chapel, led by Zach Lemmens’ 78, was runnerup at 337. Sunlake and River Ridge finished three strokes behind to tie for third. Michael Stewart shot 78 to lead the Royal Knights and Sunlake’s leaders were Jake Roberts (80) and Justin Jungbauer (81).
Zephyrhills, behind top golfer Austin Larose’s 81, took fifth.
SAC at Quail Hollow, Wesley Chapel
Team scores: Mitchell 295; Wesley Chapel 337; River Ridge 340; Sunlake 340; Zephyrhills 346; Land O’Lakes 351; Fivay 360; Gulf 362; Pasco 364; Wiregrass Ranch 366; Anclote 434; Hudson 474; Ridgewood NTS
Individuals: Donnie Gabrelcik (Mit) 69; Mike Spinger (Mit) 73; Anthony Swinford (Mit) 73; Ryan Gibson (Gulf) 76; Zach Lemmens (WC) 78; Michael Stewart (RR) 78; Lawrence Cai (LOL) 79; Jake Roberts (Sun) 80; Ben Wagner, (Mit) 80