Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Boys golf: All-Hillsborough County team

Durant senior Connor Hasson, left, and Steinbrenner senior Alex Milan, our all-county golfers of the year, were stellar during their respective postseasons.


Durant senior Connor Hasson, left, and Steinbrenner senior Alex Milan, our all-county golfers of the year, were stellar during their respective postseasons.

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.

First team

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.

Second team

Brian Allen, So., Newsome

Jordan DeBonis, Sr., Steinbrenner

Jorge Junquera, So., Wharton

Anthony Maccaglia, Sr., Jesuit

Brad White, So., Plant

Honorable mention

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

Boys golf: All-Hillsborough County team 12/04/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 4, 2010 8:48pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rowdies settle for draw at home


    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  2. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.
  3. Rays journal: Cesar Puello, who has one major-league game, claimed off waivers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Looking to add punch to their right-handed lineup, the Rays claimed OF Cesar Puello off waivers Saturday from the Angels.

  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Mariners game

    The Heater

    SS Adeiny Hechavarria doesn't always look like he's going hard, but he showed impressive reactions Saturday in reversing field to catch a ball that clanked off the catwalk then firing to second to double up Guillermo Heredia on an attempt to tag up.