WEEKI WACHEE — The game of golf isn't terribly conducive to David-Goliath analogies, unless you consider the case of diminutive 14-year-old Logan Horrigan.
With a Bridgestone Tour B330-RX serving as his proverbial stone, the Wiregrass Ranch freshman conquered the imposing hills, daunting waste bunkers and U.S. Open-style pin placements of The Dunes Golf Club to win the Class A, District 9 individual title on a blustery Tuesday.
Horrigan's 1-over-par 73 was one of only four sub-80 rounds and typified the equally improbable effort of his third-year program.
Wiregrass Ranch, 1-9 in Sunshine Athletic Conference play two seasons ago, finished second with a four-player total of 342 to earn a berth in Monday's Region 3 tournament in Gainesville. Citrus (314) won the team title; Crystal River (346) was third.
The top three teams, and top three individuals not on those teams, advance to region play.
Horrigan's round, 12 strokes better than any of his teammates, was marked by solid putting and fairway accuracy he attributed to a modification in his grip implemented by personal coach Fred Bender.
He never landed in a waste bunker, though the sprawling, sandy menaces lined several fairways. "I got up and down a lot, made a lot of 5- to 10-footers," Horrigan said.
"I was kind of expecting a lower score — maybe not this low — because I was hitting the ball well."
Bishop McLaughlin's Kentaro Toyota, fourth with 79, advanced to regionals as an individual, as did Nature Coast's Anthony Rule (81).
At The Dunes Golf Club
Team scores: Citrus 314 (Stanley 74, R. Connors 78, A. Connors 80, Bang 82), Wiregrass Ranch 342 (Horrigan 73, Larson 85, Kluender 89, Mudge 95), Crystal River 346 (Kidd 85, M. Mullarkey 85, Korsiak 88, Simon 88), Saddlebrook 359, Nature Coast 360, Pasco 362, Hernando 363, Sunlake 363, Bishop McLaughlin 367, Zephyrhills 374, Seven Rivers Christian 420, Academy at the Lakes 449, South Sumter 478, Hernando Christian 484. Top 3 individuals not on top 3 teams: Toyota, Bishop McLaughlin 79; Bensahel, Saddlebrook 81; Rule, Nature Coast 81