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The narrow fairways and undulating greens of the Wentworth Golf Club made play a bit more challenging than usual Thursday for the Pinellas County Athletic Conference North County Championship.
Palm Harbor University, though, buoyed by a round of 42 from No. 6 golfer Akeem Patel, persevered to win the PCAC North title by two strokes.
The Hurricanes finished with a team score of 165. East Lake and Countryside tied for second place at 167.
“Wentworth showed its teeth today,” East Lake coach Terry O’Reilly said. “It was very tough for the players.”
As results trickled in, it appeared PHU, East Lake and Countryside would need a three-way playoff to determine a champion. That is, until Patel came in with one of the Hurricanes’ four top scores to win the title outright.
Dustin Dingus was the Hurricanes’ top golfer after shooting 39.
Sebastian Hilpl paced East Lake with 40.
Countryside’s Donald Wasoff won individual medalist honors after tearing through nine holes of the treacherous Wentworth course in 36 strokes to finish at even par.