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2A-6 girls golf: Springstead freshman Berube makes great first impression

Team: Ocala Forest 390, Ocala Vanguard 390, Lecanto 397, Zephyrhills 404, Springstead 437, Leesburg 440, Ocala Lake Weir 461, Sunlake 465, Belleview 469, Citrus 473, Wiregrass ranch 495, North Marion 648, Gulf NTS, Land O'Lakes NTS, Ocala West Port NTS

Individual: H. Proctor, Ocala Lake Weir (66); M. Berube, Springstead (72); E. Windischmann, Ocala Vanguard (85); A. Wheat, Lecanto (89); S. Baniszewski, Zephyrhills (90)

ZEPHYRHILLS — Two scores in black magic marker popped off the large scorecards for all to see.

Two girls had weathered the twist, turns and wind at Silverado Golf and Country Club on Monday. Their numbers drew whispers, compliments and congratulatory hugs.

One of them belonged to Springstead freshman Megan Berube, who in her first season of high school competition advanced to next week's region tournament with 1-over 72.

That was good for second place. The Class 2A, District 6 individual title went to Ocala Lake Weir junior Heather Proctor, who fired a stunning 5-under 66.

No North Suncoast teams advanced to the region tournament, but Zephyr­hills senior Sarah Baniszewski earned an at-large bid after shooting 90 in the 18-hole tournament.

Berube, who felt little pressure during the regular season, found herself trailing Proctor — someone she faced on the Florida Junior Tour.

Berube hit her woods and iron well, in her opinion, but struggled with her short game.

"I know I can shoot in the 60s," Berube said. "I could have, but I didn't. This was the perfect opportunity."

Baniszewski had pretty much convinced herself she had missed the cut to regionals. She posted the fifth-best score and advanced because two girls with better scores will go with their teams. That allowed Baniszewski to grab the third and final at-large bid.

She embraced family and flashed a blinding smile after viewing her score as one of three circled in red marker.

"I didn't think I was going on," Baniszewski said. "I definitely get another chance, which I'm so happy for. I've been playing bad lately and it's great to move on."

Ocala Vanguard and Ocala Forest tied in team competition, each with 390 points. After a one-hole playoff, Forest claimed the district team title.

Lecanto also advanced as a team with 397. Zephyrhills finished fourth (404), helped by 96 from Taylor Grace. Springstead was fifth (437).

2A-6 girls golf: Springstead freshman Berube makes great first impression 10/19/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 19, 2009 10:16pm]
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