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Dunedin's Foster prevails on soggy course

EAST LAKE — Afternoon downpours early in the week made conditions difficult Wednesday at Wentworth Golf Club for the PCAC North County Championship.

One by one, golfers exited the final green on the ninth hole, eyes glued to the ground, shaking their head in disgust.

Everybody, that is, but Dunedin senior Justin Foster.

Foster, playing the last nine-hole high school match of his career, weathered the soggy fairways and spongy greens to post 1-under 35, the day's lowest round by three strokes.

Foster rebounded immediately from bogey on No. 2 to birdie the 301-yard, par-4 third hole. On that hole, Foster drove the green and two-putted.

On No. 5, a 475-yard par-5, Foster narrowly missed a 15-foot eagle but rebounded to sink his birdie. He made par on every other hole.

"I just kept the ball in play and hit my spots. That's all you need to do on this golf course," said Foster, who will look for his first district championship Monday at Dunedin Country Club after finishing in a five-way tie for fourth place at districts last season. "I two-putted every hole and hit 1 under. It's basically about hitting the right spots."

Dunedin, with four golfers under 40, won the PCAC North County team championship after shooting 151. Westin Jensen came into the clubhouse with 38 to finish alone in second, and Travis Huston and Andrew Norris each carded 39.

East Lake, led by Logan Hand's 39, came in second at 161. Dustin Dingus, who had been East Lake's top golfer to this point in the season, withdrew after six holes with blisters on his foot.

Palm Harbor University (168) finished third. Its top golfer, Zach Sobel, didn't show because of an illness. Christian Senger posted 39 for the Hurricanes.

Dunedin's Foster prevails on soggy course 10/09/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 9, 2008 3:36pm]
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