TRINITY — As everyone gathered around the Heritage Springs clubhouse Tuesday evening, there seemed to be a little suspense in finding out which three teams would be moving on to next week’s regional action.
Mitchell, last season’s Class 2A, District 12 champion, steadily improving Countryside and East Lake appeared to be the favorites.
But it was Palm Harbor University that took home the district crown behind a solid day from junior Jasmine Wade, who shot 1-under-par 70 to lead the Hurricanes to their first district title since 2005.
“I think our top three girls played the best golf they have played all year,” PHU coach Robert Jenkins said. “We knew Mitchell was going to be a solid team all the way through. The girls have really bonded and done a great job.”
Mitchell missed out on another title bid by five strokes, totaling 325 to take second place. The Mustangs’ top returner from last season, Rebecca Van Etten shot 2-over 73 to take second-place honors.
“I was able to get up and down and make some birdies today,” Wade said.
Also finishing well for the Hurricanes was Allyson Henning, who shot 3-over 74, and Lauren Coe, who finished with 83.
Countryside took third with a team score of 352, just barely getting by East Lake (353). East Lake’s Jordan Patton (80) and Hannah Espy (82) and Dunedin’s Justine Knox (82) also qualified for regionals next week in Tampa.