BELLEAIR — With district tournaments starting Monday, the Clearwater Central Catholic Invitational at Belleair Country Club served as a sort of study review for the upcoming final exams.
And after Saturday afternoon's results, local golfers might want to consider a late-night cram session before the postseason.
No local team or individual captured titles. Instead, those went to West Orange, which outdueled defending Class 2A champion Spruce Creek by a stroke (302-303) for the team title, and Spruce Creek's Dirk Kuehler, who fired 1-over 72 to win individual medalist honors by a stroke.
West Orange was led by Jordan Santiago and William Wrigley after each carded 2-over 73. Santiago won a tiebreaker over his teammate to claim second place overall.
The highest finish by a Tampa Bay area school came from Mitchell, nine strokes back in third.
Another bonus for the Mustangs? They defeated district rival East Lake by three strokes. The two teams will meet at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Monday's 2A-11 district tournament, where East Lake has finished higher than Mitchell the last four seasons.
The Mustangs were aided by three rounds in the 70s from Dylan Strout (75), who tied for fifth individually, Lauren Chateau (77) and Dominick Dithmer (79). Anthony Swinford added an 80 to round out the Mustangs' scoring.
East Lake (314) got consistent scoring from Sebastian Hilpl (77), Steve Abersold (78), David Caulfield (79) and Zack Wood (80) to finish fourth.
Host CCC (324), paced by Ryan Orr's 79, was fifth.
Calvary Christian's Harrison McClimans had the lowest round among local golfers at 3-over 74. He placed fourth individually.
"Harrison's really getting going," Calvary Christian head coach Jim Fuller said. "Our team score wasn't near the top, but we're headed in the right direction. It should make for a competitive round of playoffs."