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A-5 golf: Youth fuels AHN berth; Milan reaches state once again

ODESSA — A week ago, Academy of the Holy Names won its first district title this decade.

The Jaguars can add a berth in the state finals to their ever-growing list of accomplishments.

Led by eighth-grader Emmy Martin, who fired 12-over 84, AHN (361 team score) finished 24 strokes ahead of Steinbrenner (385) to capture second place Monday at the A-5 region tournament on the Lakes Course at The Eagles.

Martin recovered from a subpar performance at the district tournament to place sixth overall.

"I'm really excited to be going to states, especially after the way we played today," Martin said.

Three of AHN's top golfers at regionals are eighth-graders. Besides Martin, Casey Pluchino shot 90 and Mariah Diaz 94. Senior Annie Milewski fired 93 to round out the Jaguars' second-place effort.

"We all did good on the same day," Martin said.

Steinbrenner's Alex Milan qualified for her second straight state tournament after coming into the clubhouse 2-over par (74) to place third overall.

"I hit the ball well off the tee, but I didn't make putts and I had two double bogeys, which hurt my score a lot," Milan said.

Milan, who started on hole No. 10, double-bogeyed the par-3 No. 12 but birdied the next hole to recover.

"I got it back," the junior said.

Northside Christian's A.J. Newell carded 1-under 71 to capture her third straight individual region title by three strokes over younger sister Anna Newell (74). The Mustangs finished as region champion with a 313 team score. On the boys side, Hillsborough County golfers were shut out in their efforts to advance to states.

Jesuit, which shot 329 as a team, came closest. The Tigers took third but were three strokes back of second-place Northside Christian (326).

Calvary Christian, led by medalist Lee McCoy's 4-under 68, won its second straight regional title with a team score of 306.

Anthony Maccaglia (79) had Jesuit's top score. Lucas Trim (81), Willi Martin (83) and Brian Lanoue (86) helped the Tigers take bronze.

Steinbrenner (330) was a stroke behind Jesuit in fourth place. The Warriors were led by Trevor Joseph, who shot 2-over 74 to take fourth individually.

Berkeley Prep saw its hopes of advancing dashed when top golfer Blake Morris was disqualified for unsporting conduct. The Buccaneers (351) placed sixth.

Blake's Skyler Estes (77) was fifth overall after going 5 over.

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

Individual: 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

A-5 golf: Youth fuels AHN berth; Milan reaches state once again 10/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:46pm]
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