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2A-12 girls golf: Dunedin's Knox lets birdies fly for title; East Lake, PHU head to regionals

HUDSON — Sitting outside the clubhouse Monday afternoon after her round at the Class 2A, District 12 tournament at Meadow Oaks Golf and Country Club, Dunedin junior Justine Knox didn't seem all that thrilled.

"My score wasn't as good as it could have been," Knox said.

Others might beg to differ.

Behind six birdies, Knox fired a sparkling 4-under-par 66 that was three shots better than her nearest competitor and gave her the individual title.

"I drove really well today," Knox said. "I hit just about every fairway.

Mitchell sophomore Rebecca Van Etten was second with 69, which helped lead the Mustangs to first place in the team standings. They posted a 297 total.

East Lake (330), which was led by Jordan Patton's 74, finished second. Palm Harbor University (350) also advanced to regionals after placing third. Jasmine Wade, third in the individual standings after shooting 71, was PHU's top performer.

Knox, Dunedin's only competitor, made birdies at the first, fifth, eighth, 12th, 17th and 18th holes. Because the course was rather short (about 4,500 yards), Knox's solid driving often left her with nothing more than a wedge into the green, and for the most part she capitalized.

The round was a career low.

But, she lamented, "I had two bogeys and two three-putts."

The group of Knox, Van Etten and Wade combined to make 15 birdies. Wade had six.

"It was a good round," Wade said. "I was confident with all my shots."

Team: Mitchell 297, East Lake 330, Palm Harbor U. 350, Countryside 355, Ridgewood 415, River Ridge 424, Clearwater 550, Dunedin NTS, Hudson NTS

Individual: Knox (Dun) 66, R. Van Etten (Mit) 69, Wade (PHU) 71, M. Van Etten (Mit) 72, Patton (EL) 74, Henning (PHU) 76, Fivecoat (Mit) 78, Kinny (Mit) 78, Espy (EL) 81, Williamson (Cou) 86, Gail (EL) 87, Shouppe (Cou) 87, Haight (EL) 88, Gomez (PHU) 88, Roper (PHU) 115

2A-12 girls golf: Dunedin's Knox lets birdies fly for title; East Lake, PHU head to regionals 10/19/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 19, 2009 11:19pm]
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