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Golfer of the year: Ryan Orr, Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic
Why we picked him: Orr had a very consistent season, winning three of seven high school tournaments (East Lake Invitational, Mustang Invitational and Class A region tournament). His nine-hole average was 37.8 and he advanced to the state tournament. Orr had a bad first day at state, but rebounded with a second-round 75.
Most impressive accomplishment: Orr said it was winning the region tournament at Bardmoor. He shot 1-over 73 and was in a tie with Matt Rothrock of St. Petersburg Catholic and Kyle Shealy of Canterbury. Orr won on the second playoff hole to earn medalist honors. “It was such a strong field,’’ Orr said.
Future plans: Only a junior, Orr is getting plenty of looks from schools around the country. His father, Bruce, said he would like to see Ryan play in state, but his options are wide open.
Did you know? Orr could beat his father (a four handicap) by the time he was 13 years old. His best round was 65 at the University of Florida course, which included a hole-in-one on the eighth hole, his first hole of the day due to a shotgun start.
Coach of the year
Kevin Dyer, St. Petersburg: The Green Devils were one of the most consistent teams in the county under the first-year coach. They made it through districts and regionals and finished a in a respectable tie for seventh at the Class 2A state tournament. None of St. Petersburg’s top five players graduate, so look for the Green Devils to be strong next season.
Jack Maguire, Jr., St. Petersburg: Shot 76 at districts and 74 at regionals; tied for 10th at state.
Dustin Dingus, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Second at the Vinoy Classic, tied for second at districts and top-10 finish at regionals.
Kyle Kubala, Jr., Northeast: Came on late with an individual district championship, shooting 74 at Bardmoor.
Anthony Quintessenza, So., Northside Christian: Shot 1-under 71 at Bardmoor during the districts and was consistent all year.
Jake Kevorkian, Jr., St. Petersburg: Won the Vinoy Classic in early October over Dingus and helped lead St. Petersburg to state.
Donald Wasoff, So., Countryside
Harrison McClimans, Jr., Calvary Christian
Chris Keller, Sr., Northside Christian
Kyle Shealy, Fr., Canterbury
Matt Rothrock, So., St. Petersburg Catholic
Calvary Christian: Ben Murray; Clearwater: August Cooke; Countryside: Jay Dixon; Dunedin: Andrew Norris; East Lake: David Caulfield, Zack Wood, Sebastian Hilpl; Indian Rocks Christian: Connor Campbell; Northeast: Ryan Mosley; Palm Harbor University: Colby Norris, Brent Hajian; St. Petersburg: Blake Dyer, John Musselman, Zack Monawar; Seminole: Adam Norris, William Sines; Tarpon Springs: Marcus Spanolios, Dalton Counch
Golfer of the year: Jasmine Wade, Sr., Palm Harbor University
Why we picked her: After missing out on the state tournament the past two years by one stroke, Wade had only one goal for her senior season. She had one chance at the Class 2A region tournament, and she made it in style. Wade shot even-par 72 at Walden Lake Golf and Country Club to win regionals. At states, Wade finished tied for ninth with rounds of 78-76.
Most impressive accomplishment: Wade said without a doubt it was playing in the state tournament. “I didn’t want to go my whole high school career and not play in it,’’ said Wade, who has been golfing since she was 9. “My whole season was geared around playing well in the regional tournament. There were a lot of good players there.’’
Future plans: Wade will attend Florida International University in Miami next fall. She had offers from Texas Tech, UCLA, South Carolina and Mercer, but Wade chose to stay in Florida. “I don’t like the cold weather at all,’’ Wade said. “And FIU is five hours away, so it’s far enough from home but not too far.’’
Did you know? Wade won district tournament medalist honors three of four years during her high school career. The only year she didn’t win, her sophomore season, she finished third.
Coach of the year
D.J. Jackson, Northside Christian: It seems as if Jackson wins this every year, but here’s why he was selected this season. Jackson had a middle school team and still managed to make the Class A state tournament for the 10th straight year. Keeping his team confident against much older players is not easy, but Jackson did that and made them competitive.
Shane Crutchfield, Sr., St. Petersburg: Four-time district champ who will play at Xavier next is right up there with Wade.
Madison Glennie, So., Countryside: State qualifier after winning a two-hole playoff in regionals; shot 72 at districts with a two-day total of 161 at state.
Marisol Doglioli, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: The foreign exchange student from Italy wasn’t cleared to play until about midseason; won districts (73) and advanced to state.
Lauren Coe, Jr., Palm Harbor University: A solid No. 2 player for the Hurricanes, she shot 76 at districts and 83-82—165 at state.
Emma Paschal, Fr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Fired 79 at districts to finish second behind Doglioli; shot 82 at regionals.
Jordan Patton, Sr., East Lake
Erin Williamson, Jr., Countryside
Ashley Zagers, 7th grade, Northside Christian
Ryanne Jackson, 8th grade, Northside Christian
Emily Swidock, So., St. Petersburg Catholic
Canterbury: Katelyn Degnan; Countryside: Sarah Oliver; Northside Christian: Sara Noto, Alyssa Serino; Osceola: Ally Franzese; Palm Harbor University: Ryan Pierce