SAINT LEO — Mitchell girls golf coach Tom Stratman has been so focused on winning Monday’s Sunshine Athletic Conference tournament that he didn’t want to think about one of the most dominant streaks on the North Suncoast.
“I never looked at it that way,” Stratman said.
The rest of the county probably does after the Mustangs beat runnerup Zephyrhills by 38 strokes to win their 12th consecutive conference title.
Mitchell finished with 332 by placing its top three players in the top five overall on a soggy course that soaked players’ shoes and left their ankles specked with mud. Junior Ashley Richardson and sophomore Lindsey Ritchey led the Mustangs with eight-over 78 — the third-lowest rounds of the day.
“For a junior and a sophomore, that’s really good,” Stratman said.
Mitchell freshman Shyanne Dove finished fifth individually with 81.
Wesley Chapel junior Hana Lee claimed individual medalist honors with 4-over 74 to beat a tournament-record field of 56 girls. Every Pasco County public school but Hudson had at least one representative.
“I pulled it outta there,” said Lee, who finished third in the conference as a freshman before sitting out last year and helped the Wildcats place fifth overall.
Sunlake’s Kelly Harris had the second-lowest round (77), followed by Richardson, Ritchey and Dove. Zephyrhills finished second at 370 behind strong showings from Danielle Bahr (sixth, 87), Karisten Deem (eighth, 92) and Sydney Owens (11th, 94).
Wiregrass Ranch’s Heather Muse tied for sixth with 87 for the Bulls, who tied for third with Sunlake (386). Fivay’s Amber Mariano shared eighth place individually with 92, and Sarah Usewick led sixth-place Gulf with 93.
LAND O’LAKES — Winning the Sunshine Athletic Conference boys golf tournament has become habit-forming for Mitchell .
This year was no exception for the Mustangs, who won their second straight SAC title and have won or shared five of the past seven. Mitchell totaled 303 strokes, 26 better than runnerup River Ridge to win Monday’s SAC crown at Plantation Palms.
“We play five 18-hole tournaments during the year and that helps — physically and mentally,” said Mitchell coach Rick Hyatt, noting that his team spent the weekend playing in a tournament that included state powers Lakewood Ranch and Spruce Creek.
Talent also is a factor with three Mitchell golfers, including medalist Donnie Gabrelcik along with Anthony Swinford and Dylan Strout, making the all-SAC first team. James Pittman was named to second team.
“I had 25 putts. The short game was on,” Gabrelcik said.
River Ridge tallied 329 on the strength of Michael Stewart and Michael Dodson, who shared the team lead at 78.
Land O’Lakes took third with Jordan Dollbaum carding 80 and teammate Jordan Monds 81.
One stroke separated the fourth- and fifth-place teams with Hudson edging Zephyrhills 338-339. Mitchell Campbell led the Cobras with a round of 80 while Cory Bahr shot 74 as Zephyrhills’ top golfer.
Steve Lee, Times correspondent
Sunshine Athletic Conference
Boys at Plantation Palms
Team scores: Mitchell 303, River Ridge 329, Land O'Lakes 332, Hudson 338, Zephyrhills 339, Fivay 343, Wiregrass Ranch 343, Sunlake 344, Pasco 361, Wesley Chapel 362, Gulf 381, Anclote 495, Ridgewood DNQ
First team: Donnie Gabrelcik (Mit) 69, Cory Bahr (Zep) 74, Matt Penderville (WR) 74, Anthony Swinford (Mit) 77, Dylan Strout (Mit) 78, Michael Dodson (RR) 78, Michael Stewart (RR) 78
Second team: Austin Riddaugh (Pas) 79, Noah Fleck (WC) 79, James Pittman (Mit) 79, Jacob Roberts (Sun) 80, Jordan Dollbaum (LOL) 80, Mitchell Campbell (Hud) 80
Girls at the Abbey
Team scores: Mitchell 332, Zephyrhills 370, Wiregrass Ranch 386, Sunlake 386, Wesley Chapel 410, Gulf 422, Fivay 437, Land O’Lakes 440, Pasco 447, River Ridge 529, Ridgewood 588
Individuals: Hana Lee (WC) 74, Kelly Harris (Sun) 77, Ashley Richardson (Mit) 78, Lindsey Ritchey (Mit) 78, Shyanne Dove (Mit) 81, Danielle Bahr (Zep) 87, Heather Muse (WR) 87, Karisten Deem (Zep) 92, Amber Mariano (Fiv) 92, Sarah Usewick (Gulf) 93