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2A-4 boys golf: East Lake, PHU heading to Ocala

Team results: East Lake (Hand 76, Johnson 76, Hilpi 78, Clark 83) 313, Palm Harbor University (Senger 78, Dingus 78, Cote 79, Camisasca 80) 315, Riverview 315, Gaither 321, Dunedin 323, Wharton 324, Plant 335, Newsome 343, Chamberlain 365

Individuals: Paul Demick, Wharton 70; Austin Padova, Ridgewood 73

RIVERVIEW — Never in the history of local prep golf has a team been so happy to have a region tournament end on such sour notes.

And East Lake coach Terry O'Reilly will be singing them.

After watching his senior-laden lineup win its second consecutive region title by two strokes Monday, O'Reilly now must fulfill his part of the pact: a karaoke rendition of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire at the Eagles' celebration dinner at a local wing place.

"I don't recommend anyone being around for that," O'Reilly said.

Small price to pay for what he witnessed Monday at Summerfield Crossings. On a course of fast greens and U.S. Open-type pin placements, the Eagles notched a 313 team score to edge Riverview and Palm Harbor University.

The top two teams, and top two individuals not on those teams, qualified for next week's state tournament in Ocala. Palm Harbor University outlasted host school Riverview in a tense two-hole playoff to earn the other state berth.

Christian Senger and Dustin Dingus each shot 78 to lead the Hurricanes; senior Matt Cote was one shot behind and No. 4 player Charlie Camisasca was two back.

"Matt has literally carried this team the whole way this season," 'Canes coach Jim Fuller said. "But I was so pleased with the way the team stepped up today."

O'Reilly described the Eagles' effort as solid if not stellar. Seniors Logan Hand and Jake Johnson each finished 5-over-par 76 to lead the way, followed by freshman Sebastian Hilpi (78). Hand birdied three holes on the front nine for 1-under 35 at the turn.

Pinellas County's best individual score of the day was posted by Clearwater senior Matt Simpson, who placed third overall with a 75 but finished two strokes shy of qualifying for state.

2A-4 boys golf: East Lake, PHU heading to Ocala 10/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 26, 2009 10:08pm]
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