Jesuit’s boys started to hang their heads Tuesday afternoon as they came off the course following the first round of the two-day Class 2A state golf tournament.
When the other scores flowed into the clubhouse at Mission Inn Resort and Club at Howey-in-the-Hills, the Tigers finally started to perk up. A tough setup on a tough course pushed everyone else’s scores up, too, so Jesuit’s team score of 326 put them in fourth place midway through the event — the best team score of any bay area team at state in any classification. Jesuit will enter today’s final round 30 strokes behind leader Ponte Vedre.
“To now be in fourth place, even after shooting so poorly, they actually got a little bit of motivation,” coach Nico Hohman said. “They can do a little bit better tomorrow and get in this thing.”
Junior Kurt Sierra used a strong short game to shoot 5-over 77, tying for 10th. He needed fewer than 25 putts to complete his team’s best round of the day.
“He was lights out on the putting green,” Hohman said. “He was just on fire.”
Senior Joseph Trim had the next best score for Jesuit at 9 over, followed by Alec Murawski and Matthew Ruel at 12 over.
Academy of the Holy Names senior standout Emmy Martin is in contention for at least a top-10 finish. The TCU commit finished the first round tied for seventh with 4-over 76, six shots off the lead. Martin’s Jaguars were fifth in the team standings (334). Senior Casey Pluchino was tied for 25th at 10 over.
In Class A, Tampa Catholic was in 10th place with a team score of 317 — 24 shots behind leader Lake Mary Prep at Deer Island Country Club in Tavares. Junior Nilo Sanchez led the Crusaders with 2-over 74, tying for 19th.
At the girls tournament at Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake, Tampa Prep sat just outside the top 10. The Terrapins were 11th with a team score of 359 — three shots out of 10th and 71 behind leader Winter Park Circle Christian.
Sixth grader Lilly Berry had Tampa Prep’s best round, 12-over 84 that put her tied for 49th individually. Berkeley Prep was 15th out of 16 teams at 388. Freshman Samantha Lee (90) and junior Elaine Donigan (91) led the Bucs.
Individual qualifier Alison Armstrong had a solid 7-over 79. The Cambridge Christian sophomore was tied for 30th, 10 strokes off the lead.
Also in 2A, Mitchell was in seventh (boys) and 10th place (girls) after Day 1. The boys shot 335, and the girls 374, 76 strokes more than leader Plantation American Heritage.
Sophomore Mike Springer led the Mustang boys — and all bay area boys in 2A — with 4-over 76 to tie for sixth. Anthony Swinford shot 82 and Donnie Gabrelcik 86.
Lindsey Ritchey shot 91 to lead the Mustang girls, followed by Ashley Richardson (92) and Shyanne Dove (93).
The Land O’Lakes girls were 15th (441), led by Miranda Bradley’s 101.
Sunlake’s Jake Roberts and Kelly Harris competed as individuals, with Roberts tied for 30th (10 over) and Harris (19 over) tied for 48th. Springstead’s Brazon Dixon and Kylie Van Meter also qualified for state, with Dixon shooting 87 (tied for 53rd) and Van Meter 98 (tied for 65th).
In Class A, Saddlebrook’s boys were tied with West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman for seventh place at Deer Island Country Club in Tavares. The Spartans shot 308, 15 strokes behind No. 1 Lake Mary Prep.
Ryoto Furuya shot 1-over 73 to lead the Spartans and tie for 11th. He was followed by Michael Feng and Hugo Johnnings, who each shot 78.
At Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake, Clearwater Central Catholic’s Emma Paschal shot 5-over 77. She was tied for 22nd in the 93-player field, eight shots behind first-round leader Abbey Carlson of Winter Haven Circle Christian. Paschal made the turn at 2-over 38.
“It was one of those days for Emma where she could’ve shot 71 or 72 but she couldn’t score,” CCC coach Tony Pasquine said. “She had three 3-putts after hitting 13 fairways and greens. Just one of those days. I told her to be loose and swing hard tomorrow. Nothing to lose.”
In the boys tournament at Deer Island Country Club in Tavares, Shorecrest’s Greyson Porter shot 2-over 74 to tie for 19th. He was seven shots behind leader Kerry Sweeney of Melbourne Holy Trinity. Shorecrest’s Karim Oliver shot 7-over 79 and tied for 44th in the 94-player field.
2A team results: 1 Plantation American Heritage 298, 2 Orlando Lake Highland Prep 321, 3 St. Johns Bartram Trail 324, 4 Ponte Vedra 330, 5 Holy Names 334, T6 Naples Barron Collier 336, T6 Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy 336, 8 Milton 349, 9 Orlando Edgewater 364, 10 Mitchell 374, 11 Fort Walton Beach 400, 12 Englewood Lemon Bay 405, 13 Lake Minneola 409, 14 Sebring 416, 15 Land O’Lakes 441, 16 Crystal River 491
Individual results (locals): 1 Kendall Griffin (9), Sebring 2-under 70; T7 Emmy Martin (12), Holy Names 76; T25 Casey Pluchino (12), Holy Names 82; T35 Mariah Diaz (12), Holy Names 84; T48 Kelly Harris (10), Sunlake 91; T48 Lindsey Ritchey (11), Mitchell 91; T51 Georgia Ruffolo (6), Holy Names 92; T51 Ashley Richardson (12), Mitchell 92; T57 Shyanne Dove (10), Mitchell 93; T65 Kylie VanMeter (12), Springstead 98; T65 Mackenzie Bennett (10), Mitchell 98; T68 Michaela MacDougall (11), Mitchell 99; 72 Miranda Bradley (9), Land O’Lakes 101; T76 Eden Shirmohammad (12), Land O’ Lakes 105; T83 Estefania Guizar (9), Land O’ Lakes 111; 85 Bailey Boesch (11), Holy Names 115; T87 Alejandra Vasquez (10), Land O’ Lakes 124; 90 Sierra Holt (12), Land O’ Lakes 128.
A team results: 1 Circle Christian 288, 2 Lake Mary Prep 299, 3 Delray Beach American Heritage 303, 4 Windermere Prep 305, 5 Bradenton St. Stephen’s 309, 6 Jacksonville Providence 321, 7 Palm Beach Gardens Benjamin 323, 8 Miami Ransom Everglades 325, 9 Naples St. John Neumann 344, 10 Ocala Trinity Catholic 356, 11 Tampa Prep 359, 12 Miami Carrollton 371, 13 Tallahassee John Paul II 379, 14 Pensacola Catholic 386, 15 Berkeley Prep 388, 16 Jacksonville Episcopal 406
Individual results (locals): 1 Abbey Carlson, Circle Christian (Winter Park) 3-under 69; T22 E. Paschal, CCC 77; T30 Alison Armstrong, Cambridge 79; T49 Lilly Berry, Tampa Prep 84; T53 Oliva Kresic, Tampa Prep 85; T64 Samantha Lee, Berkeley Prep 90; T66 Elaine Donigan, Berkeley Prep 91; 71 Morgan Peterson, Tampa Prep 93; 75 Katie Hochhauser, Tampa Prep 97; 80 Alexis Smith, Berkeley Prep 103; T81 Danielle Campbell, Berkeley Prep 104; T81 Anjali Kapadia, Berkeley Prep 104; T87 Symone Hutchinson, Tampa Prep 114
2A team results: 1 Ponte Vedra 296, 2 Plantation American Heritage 304, 3 Jacksonville Bolles 313, 4 Jesuit 326, T5 Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy 331, T5 Fernandina Beach 331, 7 Mitchell 335, 8 Gulf Breeze 343, 9 Sebring 347, 10 Orlando Lake Highland Prep 349, 11 Naples Barron Collier 353, 12 Crystal River 354, 13 Merritt Island 356, 14 Lake Minneola 360, 15 Englewood Lemon Bay 381, 16 Lake Wales 383
Individual results (locals): 1 Taylor Funk, Ponte Vedra 4-under 68; T6 Mike Spinger, Mitchell 76; T10 Kurt Sierra, Jesuit 77; T27 Joseph Trim, Jesuit 81; T30 Anthony Swinford, Mitchell 82; T30 Jake Roberts, Sunlake 82; T40 Alec Murawski, Jesuit 84; T40 Matthew Ruel, Jesuit 84; T48 Donnie Gabrelcik, Mitchell 86; T48 Ethan White, Jesuit 86; T53 Brazon Dixon, Springstead 87; 67 Max Sabo, Mitchell 91; T68 Andrew Skora, Robinson 92; T79 Nick Nuzzo, Mitchell 97
A team results: 1 Lake Mary Prep 293, T2 Naples Community School 299, T2 Hobe Sound Pine School 299, 4 Winter Park Circle Christian 300, 5 Sarasota Christian 302, 6 Melbourne Holy Trinity 306, T7 Saddlebrook 308, T7 West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman 308, 9 Pensacola Catholic 309, 10 Tampa Catholic 317, 11 Ocala Trinity Catholic 321, 12 Jacksonville Episcopal 327, 13 Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian 330, 14 Gainesville St. Francis 335, 15 Tallahassee Florida High 341, 16 Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy 372
Individual results (locals): 1 Kerry Sweeney, Holy Trinity (Melbourne) 5-under 67; T11 Ryoto Furuya, Saddlebrook 73; T19 Nilo Sanchez, Tampa Catholic 74; T19 Greyson Porter, Shorecrest Prep 74; T35 Michael Feng, Saddlebrook 78; T35 Hugo Johnnings, Saddlebrook 78; T44 Karim Oliver, Shorecrest Prep 79; T44 Won Jun Lee, Saddlebrook 79, T51 Joseph Testerman, Tampa Catholic 80; T57 Lucas Mylet, Tampa Catholic 81; T59 Ryan Williams, Tampa Catholic 82; T65 Joe He, Saddlebrook 83; T70 A J Pascua, Tampa Catholic 84
Staff writers Mary Kenney and Rodney Page contributed to this report.