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State golf: Durant girls finish program-best third

OCALA — Dick Sheffield looked at the final scores and noted how this performance ranked in Durant's state history.

The Cougars' third-place finish is a program first. And with none of the team's scoring players graduating, some girls already were discussing a return trip. The two-day Class 2A girls tournament at Ocala Golf Club turned out to be a great test for Durant's future.

"I thought if we could shoot 325 each day we would be in the running. I didn't expect Lake Mary to shoot (311-314—625). That's really good golf," Sheffield said.

Despite a better team round Wednesday, Durant could not catch Lake Mary or second-place Melbourne Viera (320-313—633).

The Cougars were led by sophomore Madison Opfer, who entered the day three strokes back and finished tied for fourth (72-71—143).

"I feel like I could have done better," Opfer said. "I'm still satisfied with how I played. I reached my goal (to come in top six and to earn a medal). …We did really well for having such a young team. It's pretty cool we could come in third with only one (senior)."

Cougars junior Erika Wardzinski, who entered the day tied with Opfer, finished 72-81—153. Other Cougars scores: junior Kerrie Reinhardt (86-82—168), sophomore Olivia Higgins (98-94—192) and senior Lauren Hirschey (101-90—191). King senior Kelsey Gibson had the second-best individual finish among bay area players (75-75—150 for a 12th-place tie).

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OCALA — At Silver Springs Shores, Lake Mary, behind individual champ Han Kim, won the team title with a two-day total of 583. Kim followed his opening-day 70 with 7-under 65.

Elsewhere, Wharton junior Paul Demick, the Region 4 champion, followed his opening-round 80 with 4-over-par 76 to place 52nd in the 95-player field.

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OCALA — At Golden Hills, Holy Names (708) finished in a tie for ninth with Cardinal Gibbons. Plantation American Heritage, which shot 590 over two days, was the overall champion.

Mariah Diaz shaved 10 strokes off her opening round total to shoot 76 for the Jaguars. Emmy Martin (83), Casey Pluchino (93) and Annie Milewski (96) rounded out the Jaguars' team score. Steinbrenner's Alex Milan fired 3-under 69, which tied the lowest round from any golfer over the two-day event, to finish 3 over for the tournament. Milan took eighth individually.

Staff writers Bryan Burns and Joey Knight contributed to this report.

State golf: Durant girls finish program-best third 11/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 11:20pm]

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