TAMPA — It was difficult to tell what had the Mitchell boys team more animated after its match against Wiregrass Ranch on the Bulls’ home course at Pebble Creek:
The 152-155 victory Tuesday over its cross-county rival and greatest challenger for the Sunshine Athletic Conference championship, or the postmatch celebration dinner at Beef ‘O’Brady’s.
“I told them, ‘Look, guys, either shoot a 152 or get the win and we’ll go to Beef’s,’ ” Mitchell coach Rick Hyatt said.
So do they get to go twice since they accomplished both goals?
“Hey, don’t give them any ideas,” Hyatt said.
Mitchell, led by Dylan Strout’s 1-over-par 36, improved to 7-0.
The last time Mitchell played the Bulls (7-1) on their home course two years ago, the Mustangs were defeated handily, which made Tuesday’s victory that much sweeter.
“It’s been such a great rivalry over the last few years,” Hyatt said. “Wiregrass is tough enough, but on their course they’re virtually unbeatable. I’m really pleased with how the guys played today.”
The Mustangs received solid scores from Isaac Schaefer (3-over 38), Dominick Dithmer (4-over 39) and Sterling Bash (39) to complete their round.
“Isaac had a very steady day,” Hyatt said. “Dom struggled to hit greens, so I’m very happy he was able to score that well. And Sterling was plus-six, I think, at one point, and he chipped in two holes in a row for birdies.”
Wiregrass Ranch’s Dylan Larson had the afternoon’s best round after finishing 1-under 34. Larson’s score could have been even lower after his drive on the par 5 No. 8 found the left rough, and his second shot clipped the bottom of a tree and was lost in a creek surrounded by high rough.
Larson rebounded from the only bogey of his round to birdie the final hole and get back under par. Nick Stutt carded 3-over 38, Chris Kluender had 40 and Matt Prenderville added 43 for the Bulls’ 155 team score.