The Northside Christian girls in 2004 were the last Pinellas County team to win a state golf championship. The 2009 finals begin today with tournaments at four separate courses. The final rounds tee off Wednesday.
Class 2A boys
at the Country Club at Silver Springs Shores
East Lake (Linzy Clark, Logan Hand, Sebastian Hilpl, Jake Johnson, Terry O'Reilly): East Lake qualified for its third straight state tournament by winning regionals with a team score of 313. The Eagles placed 10th at states last season and return four of five starters from a year ago.
Palm Harbor University (Charlie Camisasca, Matt Cote, Dustin Dingus, Colby Norris, Christian Senger): PHU is back in the 2A finals for the first time since 2006. The Hurricanes do have state tournament experience, though. Cote made it as an individual last year and tied for 37th at 14 over. Dingus, who played for East Lake last season, was 21 over.
M.J. Maguire, St. Petersburg: Maguire saved his best for the postseason, shooting 3-over 75 to place second at districts and 2-under 70 to win regionals. Maguire was a state qualifier last season for Nease and tied for 10th.
Class A boys
at Juliette Falls (Dunellon)
Northside Christian (David Dresselhaus, Jeff Heinicka, Gus Myers, Anthony Quintessenza, Nick Quintessenza): Northside has gotten contributions from its entire lineup all season. At the Vinoy Invitational, Heinicka broke the Mustangs' 18-hole record. A week later, Myers tied that mark at the Bay Conference Championships, then shot a team-best 80 at districts and regionals. Nick Quintessenza also fired 80 to tie Myers at regionals.
Calvary Christian (Jake Kevorkian, Lee McCoy, Ben Murray, Aaron Watson, Ryan Wood): Calvary's state title hopes took a hit when Taylor Hancock, who was disqualified at regionals for unsporting conduct, lost an appeal to play today. Even without Hancock, the Warriors won regionals by 20 strokes. McCoy earned medalist honors (4-under 68); Watson was right behind with 69. The Warriors need Murray and fellow freshman Kevorkian to post low rounds.
Class 2A girls
at Ocala Golf Club
Shane Crutchfield, St. Petersburg: The sophomore won a two-hole playoff over Sarasota Riverview's Stefanie Mitchell to win regionals a week after earning her second straight district title. She is making her first appearance at state.
Justine Knox, Dunedin: Won her first district title by firing a high school career-low 4-under 66 at Meadow Oaks. Last week, she qualified for her first state tournament by shooting even-par 71.
Class A girls
at Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club (Ocala)
Northside Christian (Michelle Butler, Danielle Grace, Ryanne Jackson, A.J. Newell, Anna Newell): Northside has defeated defending champion American Heritage (Plantation) twice in matches this season. The Mustangs, led by A.J. Newell, who fired 71 to win her third straight region title, are the county's best chance to win a state title.