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A-8 boys golf: Pasco, Bishop McLaughlin moving on

Team: Crystal River 338, Bishop McLaughlin 362, Pasco 367, Nature Coast 383, Hernando 385, Dunnellon 413, South Sumter 418

Individual: K. Toyota, Bishop McLaughlin 77; B. Kidd, Crystal River 80; Z. Teele, Hernando 82; M. Mullarkey, Crystal River 83; J. Karsiak, Crystal River 84; M. Doucet, Bishop McLaughlin 87; W. Johnson III, Pasco 88; D. Dukes, Nature Coast 89; J. Nelson, Bishop McLaughlin 94; S. Hiteman, Bishop McLaughlin 104; D. Megiel, Bishop McLaughlin 104

BROOKSVILLE — It has been 10 years since Pasco's last appearance at the region level of the postseason.

That slump came to an end Monday when the Pirates joined Bishop McLaughlin and district champion Crystal River to advance from the Class A, District 8 tournament at Hernando Oaks Golf & Country Club.

Pasco (367) rode a total team effort into the next round. None of the Pirates' five golfers broke 100 on their 18-hole rounds, making it the only team to accomplish that feat.

Winston Johnson III (88) paced the group with Stephen Lavelle (90), Jaxon Moore (93), Austin Riddaugh (96) and Eric Clayton (99) also contributing. Pasco coach Mickey Wilkes, in his fourth season, believes this is a sign of turning tides with the program.

"We've had some of these guys here three and four years," Wilkes said. "These veterans help us to get better and better."

Bishop McLaughlin (362) was led by Kentaro Toyota, the individual district champion. Toyota, a junior, shot 77, the only golfer to break 80. After averaging a nine-hole score of 36 for the regular season, the Hurricanes' leader was pleased with his total on a windy day. He hopes to carry that type of play to the state tournament.

"I was happy with how I played today in the cold weather," Toyota said. "If I play a better round like I did today, it is possible for me to compete well (at state)."

Hernando standout Zach Teele, who carries a nine-hole average of 39, finished third overall individually, but he was the best competitor from a team that did not advance. The Leopards junior shot 82, totaling 41 strokes on the front and back nine holes. It was a stellar score considering his troubles with the putter — Teele three-putted four times and four-putted once.

A-8 boys golf: Pasco, Bishop McLaughlin moving on 10/19/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 19, 2009 10:16pm]
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