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A-5 golf: Northside girls, boys move on; Calvary boys take title

Boys team scores: Calvary Chr. 306, Northside Chr. 326, Jesuit 329, Steinbrenner 330, CC Catholic 338, Berkeley Prep 351, Avon Park 354, All Saints 357, Lakeland 368

Individuals: McCoy (Cal) 68, Watson (Cal) 69, Gentry (AP) 72, Joseph (St) 74, Estes (Bl) 77, Hernandez (SPC) 77, Maccaglia (Jes) 79, Orr (CCC) 79, Myers (NC) 80, N. Quintessenza (NC) 80, Woodbury (IRC) 80, Debonis (St) 81, Trim (Jes) 81, Dresselhaus (NC) 82, McNeill (AS) 82, Murray (Cal) 82, Truit (AS) 82

Girls team scores: Northside Chr. 313, Academy of the Holy Names 361, Steinbrenner 385, Berkeley Prep 432, Frostproof 456, Avon Park 471, Lakeland Chr. 472, Indian Rocks Chr. 473

Individuals: A.J. Newell (NC) 71, An. Newell (NC) 74), Milan (St) 74, Butler (NC) 77, Ashburn (IRC) 79, Martin (AHN) 79, Biar (St) 89, Connors (Tenoroc) 89, Pluchino (AHN) 90, Grace (NC) 91, Greene (Shorecrest) 92, Poff (Tampa Prep) 92, Milewski (AHN) 93, Diaz (AHN) 94, Meyncke (BP) 94

ODESSA — The Northside Christian girls golf team has enjoyed an unprecedented run of success.

Since 2004, the Mustangs have a state championship, are 6-for-6 winning the district tournament and 6-for-6 at regionals.

Monday on the Lakes Course at The Eagles, Northside Christian ran away from the field at the A-5 region tournament to win for the sixth straight time. The Mustangs shot 313, 48 strokes lower than second-place Academy of the Holy Names (361).

Northside and AHN qualified for next week's state tournament.

The Mustangs' A.J. Newell had the afternoon's lowest round after coming into the clubhouse at 1-under 71 to grab her third straight region championship.

"She's one of the best players in the country, plain and simple," Northside coach D.J. Jackson said. "And she's a better person. To me, that's more important."

Newell mixed four birdies with three bogeys to win medalist honors over her younger sister Anna, who finished second at 2-over 74.

"I didn't hit my driver the best because the fairways were kind of narrow out here, and I got a little nervous," the elder Newell said. "I had to make some punch shots from under some trees. I made a lot of 5-foot putts, too. That made a big difference in my round."

Michelle Butler shot 77 (fourth overall) and Danielle Grace 91 to round out the Mustangs' team score.

Steinbrenner's Alex Milan fired 2-over 74 to earn an individual berth. Indian Rocks Christian's Ryan Ashburn was fifth overall (79).

On the boys side, Calvary Christian (306) cruised to its second straight region title, defeating Northside Christian by 20 strokes. The Warriors were paced by Lee McCoy's 4-under 68, the day's lowest round.

"My timing was just so good today," McCoy said. "I had six birdies through 11 holes. Just everything was clicking. Every iron shot just started at the hole and finished at the hole. I had five birdie putts inside of 5 feet. It was crazy."

McCoy defeated teammate Aaron Watson (69) by a stroke for the individual title. Ben Murray fired 82 and Jake Kevorkian 87 to complete the Warriors' round.

Calvary was on pace to break 300 but Taylor Hancock was disqualified after the 15th hole for unsporting conduct.

Northside Christian finished in second place, three strokes ahead of Jesuit (329) to advance. Gus Myers and Nick Quintessenza each fired 80 to pace Northside while David Dresselhaus shot 82 and Anthony Quintessenza 84.

Clearwater Central Catholic (338), led by Ryan Orr's 79, was fifth.

Avon Park's Gregg Gentry qualified individually with 72. Derek Hernandez of St. Petersburg Catholic shot 77, good for sixth place.

A-5 golf: Northside girls, boys move on; Calvary boys take title 10/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 26, 2009 10:59pm]

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