SEMINOLE — Academy of the Holy Names’ Emmy Martin and St. Petersburg’s Shane Crutchfield needed more than 18 holes to determine a winner at Thursday’s Mustang Invitational girls golf tournament.
And, as it turns out, three playoff holes weren’t enough either.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t provide enough sunlight for 22 holes.
Crutchfield, a senior Xavier commit, and Martin, a sophomore who qualified for the state tournament a year ago, shared medalist honors at Seminole Lake Country Club after play was stopped because of darkness.
Crutchfield and Martin carded 1-under-par 70 through 18 holes and shot par on three straight playoff holes before calling it a draw.
“That last hole, it was a little tough to putt especially,” Crutchfield said. “Your depth perception gets a little thrown off in the darkness.”
Crutchfield had opportunities to claim sole possession of the championship but missed a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. From 12 feet on the final playoff hole, Crutchfield slid her birdie shot just left of the cup. Martin rolled a birdie putt from 40 feet within inches of the hole to save par.
“It’s tough under pressure to really go for it because you don’t want to roll it far by the hole,” Crutchfield said. “It was really tough to judge the distance and the line.”
With Martin leading the way, Academy of the Holy Names won the team championship with a score of 328. The Jaguars were 25 strokes better than second-place Palm Harbor University. Countryside came in third at 384.
“I was hitting my irons pretty well today,” Martin said. “I missed quite a few birdie putts. I didn’t putt as well as I should have, but overall I was pleased.”
Casey Plucino (81), Mariah Diaz (88) and Christina Gerecke (89) turned in rounds under 90 to pace the Jaguars.
Second-place PHU was led by Jasmine Wade, who finished one stroke behind Crutchfield and Martin at even-par 71. Lauren Coe also turned in a solid round for the Hurricanes after firing 82.
Countryside was led by Madison Glennie’s 77.
Marisol Doglioli, an Italian exchange student playing for Clearwater Central Catholic, was fourth individually after shooting 4-over 75.