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Golf: CCC's Orr maintains hot streak and Jesuit defends team title at East Lake Invitational

TARPON SPRINGS — Success has been relatively easy to come by in recent weeks for Clearwater Central Catholic junior golfer Ryan Orr.

Before Saturday's East Lake Invitational at Wentworth Golf Club, Orr won the Sam Parks Junior Invitational at Belleair, placed third at the Ryan Wells Memorial Junior Golf Classic at Innisbrook and came in second at the Premier Junior Tour 2011 Major Championship at the University of Florida in consecutive weeks.

Orr continued his torrid play at the East Lake Invitational, the kickoff to the high school golf season. Orr overcame some of the area's tightest fairways and a water-logged course to fire 1-over 72 and win the individual title by one stroke.

Jesuit's Lucas Trim and Fort Myers' John Lowrey tied for second.

"The course was so tight, but I hit fairways and I made a lot of putts," Orr said. "That's what it comes down to, making putts on the green. Fairways and putts, that's pretty much all I did today."

Orr recorded three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.

Behind Trim's 73 and Brian Lanoue's 6-over 77, Jesuit defended the tournament team title it won last year. The Tigers (320) edged second-place Palm Harbor University by two strokes and third-place East Lake by six.

A year ago, Jesuit head coach George LaPenna didn't give his inexperienced team much chance of winning and was surprised when they won by 11 strokes. With four of his top-five golfers returning this year, LaPenna was much more confident.

"Two years ago, we played here, and we were really young, mostly freshman. We finished way down, around 11th," LaPenna said. "Last year, I didn't think we had made that much progress. We didn't have tournament experience. For them to come through, that just stunned me. This year, we have a more balanced team.

PHU was led by Colby Norris' 78 and East Lake's Zack Wood shot 77.

Golf: CCC's Orr maintains hot streak and Jesuit defends team title at East Lake Invitational 09/03/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 3, 2011 9:48pm]
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