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Northside's Myers wins individual honors as Calvary retains team title at Bay Conference tourney

CLEARWATER — A week ago, Northside Christian's Jeff Heinicka wrestled the school 18-hole record away from senior Gus Myers by firing 2-under 70 at the Vinoy Invitational.

Myers wasted little time rewriting the Mustangs' record books.

At the Bay Conference Championships at Countryside Country Club on Tuesday, Myers shot 34 on the front nine and 36 on the back (2-under 70) to finish as individual champion and retain his spot atop the Mustangs' all-time leaderboard alongside Heinicka.

Myers saved par on the final hole to tie the record and beat Calvary Christian's Taylor Hancock (34-37) by a stroke.

"The last hole, I pulled my drive to the left but I hit a good chip to get up and down," Myers said. "I really wanted to get up and down to tie that record."

Myers ignited his round — the best of his high school career — by making birdie on Nos. 3 and 4 to go 2 under early. He sank a 15-foot putt on No. 3 and followed with a 20-foot birdie.

Calvary Christian retained the team Bay Conference Championship for the fourth season in a row, recording 298. Besides Hancock's 71, Aaron Watson shot 73 (37-36), Lee McCoy 76 (36-40) and Jake Kevorkian 78 (37-41) to pace Calvary's championship round.

Northside Christian defeated Calvary Christian at the Vinoy Invitational for its only win versus Calvary this season. The Mustangs were looking for a repeat performance at the Bay Conference Championships but fell three strokes short, finishing with 301. Nick Quintessenza fired 3-over 75 (36-39) for Northside, and David Dresselhaus (37-41) and Heinicka (38-40) added rounds of 78 for the second-place finishers.

Bradenton Christian, behind Jack Lyerly's 76, placed third with a team score of 324.

In the girls competition, Northside Christian posted 306 to defeat Indian Rocks Christian handily and earn the conference championship for "at least the sixth straight time," according to Mustangs coach D.J. Jackson.

"Anytime you're between 300 and 310 for a team score, you're doing pretty good," Jackson said.

A.J. Newell captured the individual championship after coming into the clubhouse at 1-under 71 (36-35). The steady Newell ended her round with three birdies and two bogeys.

Michelle Butler carded 3-over 75 (37-38), Anna Newell fired 6-over 78 (39-39) and Danielle Grace shot 10-over 82 (39-43) to lead the Mustangs.

Butler was second overall. Indian Rocks Christian's Ryan Ashburn shot 77 (38-39) to finish third.

Butler (NC), Grace (NC), Ashburn (IRC) and both Newell sisters from Northside were named to the all-conference team.

These boys made the all-conference team: Myers (NC), Hancock (CC), Watson (CC), Quintessenza (NC), McCoy (CC), Lyerly (BC), Kollin Woodbury (IRC), Jorden Miller (BC), Dresselhaus (NC), Kevorkian (CC), Heinicka (NC) and Alex Griffith (Shorecrest).

Northside's Myers wins individual honors as Calvary retains team title at Bay Conference tourney 10/13/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:54pm]
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