WESLEY CHAPEL — A personal bet Lauren Shuford made with her father before the season weighed on each stroke.
The Hernando senior would be the first to admit this was not her best high school season.
A fourth-place finish at Monday's Class A, Region 3 tournament at Saddlebrook Resort was no consolation. This was her final high school match after she shot 10-over-par 81 on the Palmer Course.
"I really just wanted to get to state," Shuford said. "I expected too much. … My putting killed me. I had a lot of four-putts."
It didn't help that Shuford played in the same group as Ocala St. John's Kristine Odaiyar, a 14-year-old freshman who shot a tournament-best 66.
"She was amazing," Shuford said. "… She's a good kid. I'm happy for her. She beat the guys, too."
Overall, no North Suncoast teams or individuals advance to next week's state tournament.
The Villages and Tavares claimed the top team scores with 382 and 451, respectively. Pasco's girls, who won the first district title in program history last week, finished third with 453. Kellianne May led the Pirates with 91, good for ninth overall. Victoria Norris shot 107, Mary Kassabaum had 123 and Victoria Bryant 132.
Hernando was sixth out of six teams with 560. Behind Shuford, Shelby Duvall shot 136, Jenna McDaniel 161 and Brigitte Weigl 182.
Individually, Saddlebrook Prep had a pair of players in the top 10 — Lauren Riehle (fifth, 82) and Anika Schroeder (eighth, 89). Bishop McLaughlin's Spencer Valdespino and Nature Coast's Kaelynn Elliot tied for 10th (96).
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Team scores: The Villages 382, Tavares (451), Pasco 453, Mount Dora (457), South Sumter (520), Hernando (560)
Individuals: K. Odaiyer (SJL) 66, M. Vierra (T) 74, A. Gaines (SJL) 79, L. Shuford (H) 81, L. Riehle (SP) 82, T. Morin (V) 86, M. Adams (SS) 87, A. Schroeder (SP) 89, K. May (P) 91, S. Valdespino (BM) 96, K. Elliot (NC) 96