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North Suncoast: District golf preview

Joey Knight and Izzy Gould, Times staff writers

Class 2A-12

Dunedin Country Club, 12:30 today

Teams Need to know
Local: Gulf, Hudson, Mitchell, Ridgewood, River Ridge

Others: Clearwater, Countryside, Dunedin, East Lake, Palm Harbor University, Tarpon Springs

Dunedin appears the favorite here. The Falcons defeated every other Pinellas County team in this district two weeks ago at the St. Pete Invitational and will compete today on their home course. … Falcons sophomore Travis Huston is the son of PGA Tour veteran John Huston. … Mitchell could make a run if it plays the way it did Tuesday, when four players shot 75 or better to help the team capture the Sunshine Athletic Conference tournament. … Ridgewood struggled at the SAC, finishing second, but was undefeated in regular-season conference play and shouldn't be overlooked.
Class 2A-6

Eagle Ridge Country Club, Belleview, noon today

Teams Need to know
Local: Central, Land O'Lakes, Springstead, Wesley Chapel

Others: Belleview, Ocala Forest, Lake Weir, Lecanto, Leesburg, Ocala Vanguard

None of Pasco County's representatives have played Eagle Ridge as a team, nor have they faced any out-of-county district opposition. …Gators senior Josh Barnett had a miserable back nine at Tuesday's SAC tournament and finished 5-over 76, but is capable of being a district medalist.
Class A-9

The Dunes, Brooksville, noon Tuesday

Teams Need to know
Local: Academy at the Lakes, Bishop McLaughlin, Hernando, Hernando Christian, Nature Coast, Pasco, Saddlebrook, Sunlake, Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills

Others: Citrus, Crystal River, Seven Rivers, South Sumter

Saddlebrook may be a traditional power, but Citrus handily defeated the private academy — along with Nature Coast and Central — in a match Tuesday in Dunnellon. … Wiregrass, behind the 1-2 punch of Dylan Larson and Logan Horrigan, finished 9-1 in Sunshine Athletic Conference play in the regular season.
Class 2A-12

Meadow Oaks Country Club, Hudson, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday

Teams Need to know
Local: Gulf, Hudson, Mitchell, Ridgewood, River Ridge

Others: Clearwater, Countryside, East Lake, Palm Harbor University

Mitchell and the Van Etten sisters return to the course where they won the SAC title last week, and sisters Megan and Rebecca finished first and second, respectively. Their best competition should come from Pinellas County. Gulf's Bailey Logan finished third at the SAC, shooting 76 on this course.
Class 2A-6

Pine Oaks Golf Course, Ocala, 9:30 a.m. today

Teams Need to know
Local: Land O'Lakes, Springstead, Wesley Chapel

Others: Belleview, Ocala Forest, Lake Weir, Lecanto, Leesburg, Ocala Vanguard

Land O'Lakes has been going through a rebuilding process with its team finishing next to last in last week's SAC competition, and Central, Springstead and Wesley Chapel have a long way to go. Look for the northern schools to dominate.
Class A-9

Saddlebrook Resort, 10 a.m. Tuesday

Teams Need to know
Local: Academy at the Lakes, Hernando, Nature Coast, Pasco, Saddlebrook, Sunlake, Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills

Others: Citrus, Crystal River, South Sumter

As with the boys, Saddlebrook traditionally brings loaded teams that compete for state. But in recent years, Citrus has been up to the task of competing for the district title. Zephyrhills' Sarah Baniszewski finished third at the SAC, shooting 75 at Meadow Oaks Country Club, and teammates Laurren McCleod was fifth (83). And the Bulldogs' only loss during the regular season was to Mitchell.

North Suncoast: District golf preview 10/12/08 [Last modified: Sunday, October 12, 2008 4:30am]

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