If any area teams or individuals are going to take home medalist honors at today’s state golf tournaments, they will have to play better than they did Tuesday.
The Class 2A boys and girls tournament at the Mission Inn and Resort Club in Howey-in-the-Hills was plagued by windy conditions and balky putters.
St. Petersburg was closest to the top with a team score of 327, tied for ninth behind leader Lakewood Ranch (317). Pacing the Green Devils was Jack Maguire, who shot an opening-round 77 to tie for eighth. Pureun Kim (68) of Gainesville finished Day 1 on top.
Blake Dyer (80), Jake Kevorkian (83) and John Musselman (87) also helped St. Petersburg.
Palm Harbor University’s girls shot 376, 14th of 16 teams. Senior Jasmine Wade led the Hurricanes with 78 and was in a tie for eighth, seven shots behind leader Alexandra Papell of West Boca Raton. Lauren Coe (83), Ryan Pierce (103) and Jessica Roper (112) rounded out scoring for PHU.
“We’re not going to be state champs,’’ ’Canes coach Rob Jenkins said. “But our goal (today) is to get into the top 10. We just missed a lot of those 2-3 footers. And Jasmine did okay, but she needs to play even better (today).’’
Countryside’s Madison Glennie shot 81, tied for 18th.
“I had a really good ball-striking day but I made no putts,’’ Glennie said. “It was really windy, but I played for the wind. I just wasn’t lag putting very well.’’
Class A boys: At Deer Island Golf and Lake Club in Tavares, Northside Christian was 13th (325). Chris Keller (75) and Anthony Quintessenza (77) had solid rounds. Troy Hicks (84) and Jasen Norris (89) also contributed. Keller was tied for 18th with 11 others.
“Chris had a good round and Anthony really put it together on the back nine,’’ Mustangs coach Danielle Jackson said. “He was 2 under on the back. As a team, we want to go under 320 and get into the top 10.’’
St. Petersburg Catholic’s Matt Rothrock shot 77 and was tied for 13th. Ryan Orr of Clearwater Central Catholic’s 86 put him in 86th place.
Class A girls: At the Harbor Hills Country Club in Tavares, Northside was ninth (360), 61 shots back of leader Windermere Prep. Alyssa Serino led the way with 85 for Northside. Marisol Doglioli of CCC was tied for 43rd after an 88.