BROOKSVILLE — In his final season competing in the county tournament, Zack Teele made a statement in the Hernando County Championships on Tuesday afternoon.
The Hernando senior might not have led his team to victory, but Teele won his second consecutive individual crown by shooting 3-under 69 under pristine conditions at Brooksville County Club.
The five-stroke win bettered his title run from last season when the tournament was held at Sherman Hills in Brooksville. He shot 77 there. At 6-foot-4, he hardly looks like the prototypical golfer, but he has had a stranglehold on local individual play the past two years.
The Leopards’ team play has also come around this season after going 1-9-1 in dual competition in 2009. However, Hernando came up short as Springstead (318) took its third consecutive championship under longtime coach Sonny Long.
The credit goes to the Eagles’ depth. Ryan Nicoll (74) led the way with a second-place finish overall, Shane Murphy (77) took third, Anthony Fiocca (83) was sixth, Mike DeCroix tied for seventh and Brazon Dixon (85) tied for ninth. Springstead was the only team to not have a qualifying golfer shoot over 90.