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Season preview: North Suncoast boys golf

From left, Wiregrass Ranch’s Dylan Larson, Mitchell’s Megan Van Etten, Wiregrass’ Logan Horrigan and Mitchell’s Rebecca Van Etten have high hopes for this season, setting their sights on postseason achievements.

KAINAZ AMARIA | Times

From left, Wiregrass Ranch’s Dylan Larson, Mitchell’s Megan Van Etten, Wiregrass’ Logan Horrigan and Mitchell’s Rebecca Van Etten have high hopes for this season, setting their sights on postseason achievements.

TRINITY — For Wiregrass Ranch's Dylan Larson, one memory stood out at last year's Sunshine Athletic Conference meet.

"I had a 9," Larson said of one hole where he shot 76.

Teammate Logan Horrigan chimed in.

"You think you had it bad? I had a 14 on one hole," he said of his finish at the region meet in Gainesville.

Despite a breakthrough season reaching the program's first region berth, youthful Wiregrass struggled at times in postseason play. Now with the experience of a postseason run, the team returns loaded with talent and ready to contend for the Pasco County title, and possibly more.

"We could have done better," Horrigan said. "Gainesville was a long course and we weren't that long last year. This year I think we'll be really good."

Larson and Horrigan are battling for the Bulls' No. 1 spot. Also expected to score for the Bulls are Nic Stutt and Chris Kluender.

Locally, the Bulls were capable of knocking off Mitchell and held their own against Ridgewood.

"We'll do better this year and we'll have a better chance against Ridgewood," Larson said. "We beat Mitchell last year so we hope we can do it again."

Five teams to watch

Ridgewood: Co-defending Sunshine Athletic Conference champion with undefeated regular season. Pretty solid group coming back.

Wiregrass Ranch: The Bulls enter their fourth season coming off their first region appearance and have two of Pasco County's top players.

Mitchell: Stunned Ridgewood in the SAC tournament for a share of the title; went 8-2.

Springstead: The Eagles were the team to beat in Hernando County in 2008 and believe they have the players to win back-to-back district titles.

Central: Usual Hernando County power should be back in the mix.

Five boys to watch

Logan Horrigan, So., Wiregrass Ranch: Won a district title as a freshman.

Chaz Heinz, Sr., Mitchell: Finished second in the Sunshine Athletic Conference tournament.

Ryan Kiley, Sr., Springstead: The Eagles' top player steps into lead for a chance to repeat as county champion.

Dylan Larson, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Battling Horrigan for the top spot for the Bulls.

Jeff Koos, Sr., Ridgewood: Region qualifier, likely to play No. 1.

Key matches

Sept. 3: Wiregrass at Ridgewood

Sept. 15: Wiregrass Ranch at Mitchell

Sept. 17: Mitchell at Ridgewood

Sept. 30: Central at Springstead

Oct. 9: Hernando County tournament

Oct. 13: Sunshine Athletic Conference match

Oct. 19: District tournaments

Oct. 26: Region tournaments

Nov. 3: State tournaments

Izzy Gould can be reached at igould@tampabay.com or (813) 421-3886.

Season preview: North Suncoast boys golf 08/25/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 8:42pm]
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