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2A-12 boys golf: Favored Mitchell struggles; Ridgewood's Padova moves on

Palm Harbor U.’s Matt Cote, left, walks the Fox Hollow course with Mitchell’s Chaz Heinz. Heinz had a rough start to his round.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Palm Harbor U.’s Matt Cote, left, walks the Fox Hollow course with Mitchell’s Chaz Heinz. Heinz had a rough start to his round.

TRINITY — Tuesday was a forgettable day for Pasco County golfers at the 2A-12 district tournament.

Only one, Ridgewood's Austin Padova, managed the windy conditions at Fox Hollow Golf Club well enough to advance to the region tournament. Padova carded 8-over 79 to grab the final individual spot by a stroke from Mitchell's Austin Richardson.

Otherwise, Pasco golfers were shut out.

"It was disappointing," Mitchell coach Rick Hyatt said.

Hyatt's Mustangs were one of the favorites for the team title but finished fourth overall with a 333 team score, six strokes back of third-place Dunedin (327).

Palm Harbor University, led by Matt Cote's 2-over 73, recorded a team score of 315 to finish as district champion. East Lake, at 326, was second.

Cote won medalist honors by two strokes over Dunedin's Westin Jensen and Tarpon Springs' Tyler White.

"I think the wind really affected us," Hyatt said. "It's just unfortunate because I think the guys had a great season. It just so happens that we all had a bad day on the same day."

Mustangs No. 1 golfer Chaz Heinz, the two-time SAC champion, struggled on the front nine, posting 44. He rebounded with 39 on the back nine, but it wasn't quite enough.

"What really impressed me was the 39 he shot on the back, which plays tougher than the front," Hyatt said. "That says a lot about him, to come back like that after a difficult start."

Dominick Dithmer fired 84 and Josh Winchell 86 to round out Mitchell's afternoon.

Ridgewood, at 336, placed fifth. Besides Padova, Jon Kopsell recorded 81, Jeff Koos 83 and Sean Crane 93.

Joining Padova as individual qualifiers were Tarpon Springs' White (4-over 75) and Clearwater's Matt Simpson (5-over 76).

River Ridge (394), led by Chris Dodson's 90, was eighth out of 10 teams. Hudson (405) was 10th. The Cobras' top golfer was Jake Schoonover (96).

Team scores: Palm Harbor University 315, East Lake 326, Dunedin 327, Mitchell 333, Ridgewood 336, Clearwater 347, Tarpon Springs 354, River Ridge 394, Countryside 401, Hudson 405

Individual scores: Cote (PHU) 73, Jensen (Dun) 75, White (TS) 75, Simpson (Clw) 76, Clark (EL) 76, Senger (PHU) 78, A. Padova (Rw) 79, Dingus (PHU) 80, Hilpl (EL) 80, Richardson (Mit) 80

2A-12 boys golf: Favored Mitchell struggles; Ridgewood's Padova moves on 10/20/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 12:27am]
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