SEMINOLE — Academy of the Holy Names’ Emmy Martin returned to the Mustang Invitational hoping to do better than last year’s tournament. While she didn’t post a better score Thursday, Martin did repeat as individual champion.
The junior fired 2-over 73 on the par-71 Seminole Lake Country Club Lakes Course to edge Osceola’s Haydyn Gibson, Countryside’s Madison Glennie and teammate Mariah Diaz by one stroke.
“I played pretty good but it could’ve been a little better,” said Martin, who won with 1-under 70 last year. “I came into the course knowing and I can play well here; I just missed a few putts. It’s not the best round I’ve had this season but it wasn’t bad.”
Her round included two birdies and four bogeys, including a three putt bogey on her 18th hole.
“I was thinking about trying to birdie the 18th, especially after I just birdied the 17th,” Martin said. “But the putt on 18 just lipped out (for par).”
Martin’s 73 helped AHN win the team championship by 16 shots over host Northside Christian. Diaz chipped in with her 74, Casey Pluchino shot 77 and Christina Gerecke added 80.
Northside was consistent but didn’t have a player shoot a low round. Ashley Zagers led the Mustangs with 79. Alyssa Lamoureux and Sarah Noto each shot 80 and Alison Armstrong came in with 81.
“We had a lot of those 80s but not enough in the 70s,” Northside coach D.J. Jackson said. “ I knew Academy had some players who can shoot low, so I didn’t know if what we shot would be good enough.”
Osceola’s Gibson was the first to post a low score. She shot 74 and had to wait for most of the other players to finish. With the sun nearly set, Martin came in with 73 and teammate Diaz followed with 74. Glennie also posted 74 to finish in a three-way tie for second.
“I just missed too many putts,” Glennie said. “I played okay from tee to green but I couldn’t get any putts to fall. It was just one of those days.”
AHN’s Pluchino was fifth overall with 77. The Jaguars had three players finish in the top five individually.
Clearwater Central Catholic’s Emma Paschal, the only Marauder in the field, was sixth with 78.
Osceola finished third with a team score of 363. Aside from Gibson, Ally Franzese shot 84, Chloe Kamps had 92 and Taylor Chaisson shot 113.
The tournament was delayed nearly 45 minutes by lightning.
Academy of Holy Names 304 (Martin 73, Diaz 74, Pluchino 77, C. Gerecke 80); Northside Christian 320 (Zagers 79, Lamoureux 80, Noto 80, Armstrong 81); Osceola 363 (Gibson 74, Franzese 84, Kamps 92, Chaisson 113); Palm Harbor University 365 (Pierce 86, Baker 92, Mateski 92, D’Amico 95); Indian Rocks Christian 386 (Kimbrough 83, N. Sol Cruz 96, B. Sol Cruz 99, Treantos 108); Berkeley Prep 414 (Donigan 98, Lee 105, Smith 105, Campbell 106); Tampa Prep 426 (Peterson 99, Latif 106, Hochhausler 110, Pratt 111)
Top 10 individuals
Emmy Martin (AHN) 73, Haydyn Gibson (Osc) 74, Mariah Diaz (AHN) 74, Madison Glennie (Cs) 74, Casey Pluchino (AHN) 77, Emma Paschal (CCC) 78, Ashley Zagers (Ns) 79, Alyssa Lamoureux (Ns) 80, Sarah Noto (Ns) 80, Christina Gerecke (AHN) 80, Erin Williamson (Cs) 80