ST. PETERSBURG — As the wind roared at the Feather Sound Country Club, flagsticks shook and palm trees bent. Calvary Christian's boys, however, refused to buckle.
It wasn't exactly a breeze, but the Warriors overcame the weather and outlasted the field to win their second straight Class A, District 15 title.
Calvary Christian shot a combined 307 to beat St. Petersburg Catholic by two strokes. Shorecrest also advanced to regionals by shooting 321 to take third.
"I thought it was going to be between us and St. Petersburg Catholic for the title," Warriors coach Mike Baskovich said. "But I was pretty confident we would be there, especially with the way we've been playing lately."
Last week, the Warriors shot a school-record 146 in nine holes to beat the Barons by 11 strokes.
This time it was closer. But Calvary pulled through thanks to three golfers — Aaron Watson, Lee McCoy and Taylor Hancock — who shot in the 70s.
St. Petersburg Catholic's Devin Hernandez won the individual title by saving his best for last. On the final hole, he nailed a 20-foot putt to finish with 73, one stroke ahead of McCoy, Hancock and Indian Rocks Christian's Travis Ralph, who each shot 74.
"I had no idea that putt was for the lead," Hernandez said. "I was just making sure I didn't double bogey."
McCoy won a playoff to finish third, followed by Ralph and Hancock.
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Team scores: Calvary Christian 307 (Watson 76, McCoy 74, Hancock 74, Bullock 85), St. Petersburg Catholic 309 (De. Hernandez 73, Da. Hernandez 77, Baylor 78, Weck 81), Shorecrest 321 (Maguire 76, Reese 76, Griffith 82, Dunn 87), Indian Rocks Christian 327, Northside Christian 344, CC Catholic 350, Admiral Farragut Academy 409, Canterbury 440, Keswick Christian 490.
Top 3 individuals (not on top 3 teams): Ralph (IRC) 74, Horvath (IRC) 77, Barrett (CCC) 78.