Connor Hasson | Sr., Durant
Why we picked him: Because he peaked when it counted most. After a decent regular season, when he posted a nine-hole stroke average of 39.2, Hasson took his game to an entirely different level. At the Class 2A, District 11 tournament at Summerfield Crossings, Hasson, whose hands were shaking from nervousness at the start of the round, shot 2 under over the final six holes to win with a 2-over 73. As if to prove the round was no fluke, Hasson went out six days later and shot another 73, this time at the far lengthier Fox Hollow course in Trinity, to finish second at the Region 4 tournament and earn an individual state berth.
Proudest accomplishment: The district victory. Sparking Hasson's late surge was a long uphill putt on the three-tiered No. 13 green he sank for birdie. "I almost started walking toward it because I just thought it would be a tap-in, then it went in," he said.
Future plans: Hasson, who owns a weighted grade-point average of 4.65, is considering Jacksonville and UCF.
Did you know? Hasson's athleticism belies his 5-foot-9, 130-pound stature. He played baseball in the Bloomingdale Little League for most of his childhood and gave up high school golf as a sophomore to serve as a third-string quarterback for the Cougars varsity. … If a comeback golfer of the year award existed, Hasson may have won that also. During the 2009 season, he was diagnosed with shingles, the rash caused by the chicken pox virus, and had to withdraw from the district tournament near the turn.
Gary Buffington, Sr., Chamberlain: West Florida signee nearly won second district title in a row.
Paul Demick, Sr., Wharton: Wildcats' steadiest player had team's top finish at state.
Brian Lanoue, Jr., Jesuit: Won Class 1A, District 14 title by four strokes.
Jimmy Stanger, So., Gaither: Florida State Golf Association boys junior champ posted 37.7 stroke average.
Tyler Weed, Jr., King: Prevailed in three-way playoff to win 2A, District 10 title.
Coach of the Year
Marcie Scholl, Wharton. The veteran Wildcats golf and tennis coach helped a veteran team fulfill its potential, plain and simple. Wharton, led by four seniors and a sophomore, won the Class 2A, District 11 and Region 4 titles.
Brian Allen, So., Newsome
Jordan DeBonis, Sr., Steinbrenner
Jorge Junquera, So., Wharton
Anthony Maccaglia, Sr., Jesuit
Brad White, So., Plant
Alonso: Ryan Stone; Berkeley Prep: Bradley Glisson; East Bay: Austin Moore; Freedom: Jimmy Jones; Gaither: Josh Black; King: Hunter McPhillips; Newsome: Ethan Fowler, Ian Seavey; Plant City: Nick Jones; Riverview: Branden Turner; Steinbrenner: Trevor Joseph; Wharton: Griffin Fuchs, Balraj Matharu