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2A-11 girls golf: Durant pulls together for win

A long look: Sickles sophomore Alex Milan watches her tee shot on No. 8. She shot her high school low of 69 for an eight-stroke win at the district tournament.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

A long look: Sickles sophomore Alex Milan watches her tee shot on No. 8. She shot her high school low of 69 for an eight-stroke win at the district tournament.

TAMPA — Durant senior Amy West wasn't thrilled after her round of 76 at the Class 2A, District 11 tournament Monday at Heritage Isles, but that was before she saw her teammates' scores.

There was the 70 by medalist and freshman Madison Opfer, who was just one short, missed putt on 18 from 69; 73 from Erica Wardzinksi; and Kerrie Reinhardt's 83.

Add it all up and you get one district championship for the Cougars and a bagful of confidence heading into next week's region tournament at the same course.

"I honestly thought that we did a lot better than I expected,'' West said. "I was just happy that my team was able to back me up.''

The Cougars finished with a team score of 302, 21 strokes better than runnerup Wharton.

Wharton and Durant were 11-1 this season, each handing the other its only loss. But the Cougars were in complete command Monday.

Wharton standout and district favorite Shena Yang was not as sharp as usual on a course she is very familiar with, struggling on the back nine to finish at 79; Christina Vail shot 8-over through the first three holes before a nice recovery to get to 84.

Both teams, along with third-place Plant City (383), move on to regionals.

The top three individuals not on the top three teams also moved on.

King junior Kelsey Gibson returned to action after missing nearly a month with a right shoulder injury and played through the pain to finish at 71 and advance, along with Newsome's Jessica Alexander (72) and Bloomingdale's Tori Saputo (82).



Class 2a, district 10 Milan's low comes at right time for Sickles

LUTZ — Though Alex Milan was consistently good during her team's 11 regular-season matches, the Sickles sophomore never broke par on any nine-hole stretch. At the Class 2A, District 10 tournament at Heritage Harbor Golf and Country Club, she did it twice: first with 34 on the front and again with 35 on the back. The resulting 3-under 69 was good enough for an eight-shot win.

It was also her high school low.

"She was just in a zone today," Sickles coach Mark Mann said. "She had a game plan. She wanted to go low and she did. She was focused. That's probably the best I've seen her play."

Behind Milan, whose round was highlighted by eagle at the par-5 No. 8, Sickles finished with a team score of 359, nine shots behind Plant. The Panthers had three players —Gen King (78), Kelsey Eisch (81) and Laura Hendee (87) — post solid rounds under conditions made difficult by the wind.

Gaither (367), which got the day's second-best score (77) from Alex Bonham, also advanced to regionals.

At Heritage Harbor

Team scores: Plant 350 (King 78, Eisch 81, Hendee 87, Bhide 104), Sickles 359 (Milan 69, Bame 93, Bair 93, Novak 104), Gaither 367 (Bonham 77, Litchfield 90, Mackay 97, McMahon 103), Alonso 483, Chamberlain 500, Hillsborough 563, Jefferson 594

Top 3 individuals not on top 3 teams: Mangru (Al) 109, Zsuffa (Al) 109, Babb (Ch) 115

2A-11 girls golf: Durant pulls together for win 10/13/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 12:05pm]
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