HUDSON — Near-record heat began to gobble up golfers as the hours dragged on.
Most toughed out Monday's five-hour affair. They dragged their golf bags behind them on carts as they walked the 18 holes at Beacon Woods Golf Club during the Sunshine Athletic Conference girls golf tournament.
Megan Van Etten strapped hers to her back. Mitchell's senior marched down fairways and pounded each stroke with confidence.
In the end, her toughest competition — for the second consecutive season — was younger sister Rebecca, who played one hole behind and as it turns out one stroke short.
Megan Van Etten won her third consecutive individual SAC title, shooting 8-over 80. Rebecca Van Etten shot 81.
Their father, Roger Van Etten, said sometimes when the girls are battling one-on-one outside of school, things can heat up.
At Mitchell, they appear to be each other's No. 1 supporter.
"What ever happens, happens," Megan Van Etten said. "… But it feels good to have three wins."
Perhaps even more impressive was the concerted effort by Mitchell. The Mustangs combined for the tournament team title with 348 — more than 60 strokes better than second-place Zephyrhills (411). River Ridge was third (446) followed by Pasco (448), Wiregrass Ranch (455), Sunlake (492), Ridgewood (503) and Land O'Lakes (525). Gulf, Hudson and Wesley Chapel did not post team scores.
Mitchell cruised to its ninth consecutive SAC title, its first for rookie coach Scott Schmitz.
Behind the Van Ettens Mitchell's leading scorers were Victoria Kinney (90) and Emma Fivecoat (97). Other notable scores included Pasco's Kellianne May (91), Zephyrhills' Sarah Baniszewski (93), Wiregrass Ranch's Taylor Upchurch (97) and River Ridge's Kim Donato (99).
"The conditions were brutal out here," Schmitz said. "I know how hot it is in the summer when I ride in a cart. I didn't lug my clubs along like these girls did. They played well."