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Hillsborough County district golf preview

District golf tournaments

Boys

Class 2A-10

Where: Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club

When: Tuesday, noon

Teams: Alonso, Chamberlain, Gaither, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Leto, Plant, Sickles, Tampa Bay Tech

At a glance: The area's most interesting tournament. Plant, Gaither, Sickles and King (playing on its home course) boast team scoring averages well under 170, but only three teams move on to regionals. Plant and Gaither should vie for the overall title.

Class 2A-11

Where: Summerfield Crossing Golf Club, Riverview

When: Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.

Teams: Armwood, Bloomingdale, Brandon, Durant, East Bay, Freedom, Newsome, Plant City, Riverview, Wharton

At a glance: Riverview senior Ian McConnell, who has owned this course recently, is the overwhelming favorite to win his third consecutive district title. McConnell shot 2-under 33 on the Summerfield back nine Tuesday, days after carding 32 on the front. The unbeaten Sharks are the favorites for the team title, though Newsome has five players capable of eclipsing 80.

Class A-9

Where: Saddlebrook Resort, Wesley Chapel

When: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.

Teams: Academy at the Lakes, Carrollwood Day, Saddlebrook, Wesley Chapel

At a glance: Saddlebrook, which hasn't played any of its district foes, is the favorite on its home course.

Class A-14

Where: Cheval Golf & Country Club, Tampa

When: Tuesday, 9 a.m.

Teams: Bayshore Christian, Blake, Berkeley Prep, Cambridge Christian, Steinbrenner, Jesuit, Lennard, Middleton, Robinson, Spoto, Strawberry Crest, Tampa Catholic, Tampa Prep

At a glance: Berkeley Prep, which edged Jesuit twice in the regular season (including once at Cheval), should contend with the Tigers for the team title. Berkeley junior Blake Morris, who lost the district title by one stroke last season, is the individual favorite.

Girls

Class 2A-10

Where: Silver Dollar Golf Club, Odessa

When: Monday, 8 a.m.

Teams: Alonso, Chamberlain, Gaither, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Leto, Plant, Sickles, Tampa Bay Tech

At a glance: Defending champion Plant, behind the sophomore tandem of Kelsey Eisch and Laura Hendee, is a solid favorite to win the team title, but King's Kelsey Gibson may be the district's top player. Gibson lost the District 11 title by a stroke to Durant's Madison Opfer in 2008.

Class 2A-11

Where: Heritage Isles, Tampa

When: Monday, 9 a.m.

Teams: Armwood, Bloomingdale, Brandon, Durant, East Bay, Freedom, Newsome, Plant City, Riverview, Wharton

At a glance: Durant, behind defending district champ Madison Opfer, hasn't lost since a season-opening defeat to Plant — when Opfer didn't play. Riverview's only two defeats have been against Durant.

Class A-14

Where: Cheval Golf & Country Club, Tampa

When: Tuesday, 10 a.m.

Teams: Bayshore Christian, Berkeley Prep, Cambridge Christian, Steinbrenner, Academy of the Holy Names, Lennard, Middleton, Spoto, Strawberry Crest, Tampa Catholic, Tampa Prep

At a glance: Steinbrenner junior Alex Milan, who won a 2A district title at Sickles last season, is the overwhelming favorite. With no fewer than three players capable of eclipsing 90, the Warriors could bring the new school its first district team title in any sport.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

Hillsborough County district golf preview 10/15/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:27pm]
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