Boys golf: All-North Suncoast team

Fivay’s Austin Padova and Springstead’s Megan Berube, our players of the year, both finished in the top 15 at their respective state tournaments.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Fivay’s Austin Padova and Springstead’s Megan Berube, our players of the year, both finished in the top 15 at their respective state tournaments.

Boys player of the year

Austin Padova | Jr., Fivay

Why we picked him: Padova had the best showing among North Suncoast golfers at the Class A state tournament, finishing in a tie for 15th after shooting 1-over 145 (71-74) during the two-day tournament. Padova, who carried a 35.8 nine-hole stroke average during the regular season, won the Class A, District 9 tournament by six strokes after firing 2-under 70.

Most impressive accomplishment: Padova struggled to keep the ball in play at region but scrambled to post a below-par round, shooting 1-under 71 to advance to state.

Future plans: Padova has heard from a number of colleges, most notably Virginia, that are interested in watching the junior's game develop. He expects to pick up a few offers in July. In the meantime, Padova will play his first season in the American Junior Golf Association starting in February.

Did you know? Padova, who stood 5-foot-4 when he won this award last year, grew 4 inches in the offseason and, subsequently, gained 40 yards on his drive. And his growth spurt might not stop there. Padova said his brother was 5-foot-3 when he was a sophomore in high school and was 6-foot-3 when he graduated. Padova's father was 6-foot-2 when he graduated high school. "I think I'm going to be tall eventually," Padova said. "It's just a matter of time."

First team

Jacob Fleck, Sr., Wesley Chapel: Sunshine Athletic Conference individual champion also won Class A, Region 3 tournament by a stroke.

Jon Kopsell, Sr., Land O'Lakes: Was at his best in crunch time, shooting 72 in consecutive weeks at district (2A-6) and region (2A-2) tournaments.

Dylan Larson, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Won the Class 2A, District 6 title in a playoff and narrowly missed qualifying for state despite shooting 72 at region.

Brandon Mumaw, Sr., Wesley Chapel: Consistent performer helped the Wildcats make their first state appearance by shooting 76 at district (A-9) and 81 at region (A-3).

Zack Teele, Sr., Hernando: Won his second straight Hernando County championship and shot 75 at district (A-8) to place second.

Coach of the year

Alan Black, Wesley Chapel: In his final season coaching high school golf, Black guided the Wildcats to a third-place finish at district, the team's first-ever region title and an appearance in the state tournament, another first. Wesley Chapel placed 15th at state in Class A, the best result of any North Suncoast team.

Second team

Adam Chowdhari, Sr., Saddlebrook

Logan Horrigan, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch

Robert Nieman, Sr., Land O'Lakes

Jordi Torrent, Sr., Saddlebrook

Kentaro Toyota, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin

Honorable mention

Fivay: Jake Schoonover

Gulf: Shayne Grubb

Hernando: Cody Montgomery

Hudson: Mitch Campbell

Mitchell: Sterling Bash, Isaac Schaefer, Dylan Strout

Pasco: Austin Riddaugh

River Ridge: Chris Dodson, Jordan Jones

Saddlebrook: Alex Bensahel

Springstead: Anthony Fiocca, Ryan Nicoll

Sunlake: Nicolai Atkinson, Brandon Jungbauer

Wesley Chapel: Noah Fleck, Matt Wynne

Wiregrass Ranch: Chris Kluender, Nick Stutt

Zephyrhills: Cory Bahr, Cody Nichols

Boys golf: All-North Suncoast team 12/04/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 4, 2010 7:50pm]

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