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2A-12 girls golf: PHU freshman Wade shoots impressive 72

HUDSON — Break 80 and she would get the keys to a black Infiniti QX4.

That was the deal Palm Harbor University freshman Jasmine Wade had going with her dad after receiving her learner's permit: break 80 and she could drive home dad's sweet ride.

Wade knocked in 2-over-par 72 at the Class 2A, District 12 tournament at Meadow Oaks. Even better, she was one of several Pinellas County golfers to advance to next week's region meet at Heritage Isles.

"That's his baby," Wade said of the car. "He has to keep it clean, keep the rims slick."

Wade got off to a rough start, unsettled by her first district tournament with three consecutive bogeys. But the seasoned veteran of summer tournaments across the state settled into the laid-back atmosphere of high school golf to finish with the Pinellas County low score of the day.

Dad still wasn't sold on handing her the keys.

Pinellas schools had a strong day, with East Lake finishing second in team scoring (347). Clearwater was third (379) and advanced along with first-place Mitchell. Also advancing was Wade's childhood friend since age 5, Dunedin sophomore Justine Knox (73).

Knox, who plays on the boys team because of insufficient numbers to form a girls team, sent text messages to her teammates after the match. No doubt they'll be ready to high-five her in the hallways this morning.

"They're really helpful," Knox said. "They always make jokes about me being a girl beating the guys."

East Lake's strong showing was led by Jordan Patton's 78 and Hannah Espy's 84.

The defending district champions, who lost three seniors and a coach, have overcome the roster reconstruction and learned to work with first-year coach Andrea Panarelli.

"We were undefeated until we got here," Panarelli said. "It's a young group of girls and it's been a learning experience for me and my girls because they are so young."

At Meadow Oaks

Team scores: Mitchell 313 (M. Van Etten 66, R. Van Etten 69, Fivecoat 88, Argento 90), East Lake 347 (Patton 78, Espy 84, Gail 92, Genter 93), Clearwater 379 (Gaunt 74, Frank 99, Sacino 100, Willis 106), River Ridge 383, Countryside 409, Gulf 420, PHU 424

Top 3 individuals not among top 3 teams: Wade (PHU) 72, Knox (Dunedin) 73, Logan (Gulf) 77

2A-12 girls golf: PHU freshman Wade shoots impressive 72 10/14/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 16, 2008 4:51pm]

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