Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

State golf: Northside Christian girls finish second

Northside Christian’s A.J. Newell, who shot 72 Wednesday, lost a one-hole playoff to American Heritage’s Kyle Roig for the individual crown.

CHRIS PRICE | Special to the Times

Northside Christian’s A.J. Newell, who shot 72 Wednesday, lost a one-hole playoff to American Heritage’s Kyle Roig for the individual crown.

OCALA — The Northside Christian girls sat shoulder to shoulder from a vantage point behind the 18th green, their eyes glued to each shot from the Plantation American Heritage golfers finishing up their round at the Class A state championships.

The Mustangs entered the final day at Golden Hills in second place. After shooting a respectable 305 as a team in windy conditions over the final round — seven strokes higher than their opening round 298 — the Mustangs' fate rested in the hands of their American Heritage counterparts.

So the Mustangs sat. And watched. The outcome, though, was not worth the wait.

On a day when the Mustangs needed to play near-perfect golf, it was American Heritage that performed flawless. All five Patriot golfers shot 76 or better over the final round to obliterate the rest of the field and claim its third straight state title. American Heritage shot 294 over the final round and finished with a two-day total of 590. Northside Christian ended the tournament as the state runnerup at 603.

"(American Heritage) was just on fire today," Northside coach D.J. Jackson said. "There's nothing you can do about that."

The Mustangs' runnerup finish was the second highest ever. In 2004, Northside won state.

A.J. Newell followed her opening-round 70 with even-par 72 to tie American Heritage's Kyle Roig for the tournament lead at 142.

In a one-hole playoff for the individual title on the par 4 No. 10, Newell's tee shot struck a tree down the right fairway and caromed straight down. Roig reached the green with her drive and two-putted for birdie to claim medalist honors.

Newell was 2 under after nine but four bogeys on the back ruined her title chances.

Michelle Butler (150) shot 75 for the second straight day to claim 17th. Anna Newell's 76 put her in a three-way tie for ninth with a two-day 148. Danielle Grace (163) fired 82 Wednesday for 34th place.

A boys

Calvary Christian was tied for 11th after a subpar performance during the opening round at Juliette Falls in Dunnellon, but the Warriors rebounded Wednesday by shooting 299 to jump four spots and finish in seventh place.

"We were obviously very, very pleased with the way we bounced back," coach Mike Baskovich said. "We were going for 305 and our ultimate goal was under 300. Only two teams beat us today, so we were ecstatic with that."

Aaron Watson fired 2 under 70 and Lee McCoy came in at 72 to tie for sixth overall with a two-day score of 145. Ryan Wood, who didn't figure into Calvary's scoring Tuesday, shot 6-over 78 to help spur the comeback effort.

Northside Christian recorded a 313 team score over the final round, for a two-day score of 615, which put them in eighth.

Nick Quintessenza (74) came into the clubhouse 2 over for the second day in a row to lead Northside; Gus Myers shot 76. They tied for the team's lowest two-day score at 148 and finished in a four-way tie for 18th overall.

North Palm Beach Benjamin won the team title with 580. Jesse Perkins from Archbishop McCarthy finished 6 under to win the individual title.

State golf: Northside Christian girls finish second 11/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 10:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Buccaneers-Vikings Turning Point, Week 3: Overreaction vs. reality


    "None of us really know how this group of 53 guys is going to come together and how we're going to play this season."

    Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs torched a porous Bucs secondary Sunday with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. [Getty Images]
  2. Jake Dotchin on rule violation: 'It's hurting me'


    While defenseman Jake Dotchin continues to practice with the Lightning, it's uncertain when - or if - he'll get any preseason action.

    Jake Dotchin violated an unspecified team rule, which is why he hasn't played in the first four games.
  3. PolitiFact: Trump's Mostly False claim that NFL ratings are 'way down'


    The statement

    "NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country."

    Quarterback Jameis Winston is sacked during the first half of the Bucs' 34-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times)
  4. Bucs couldn't connect on or stop deep passes in loss to Vikings


    If two things were established as storylines entering Sunday's Bucs-Vikings game, it was that Tampa Bay was still struggling to establish the deep passes that were missing from its offense last year, and that …

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) gets into the end zone for a long touchdown reception as Bucs free safety Chris Conte (23) cannot stop him during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Nine Gators, including Antonio Callaway and Jordan Scarlett, face felony fraud accusations


    Nine Florida Gators face at least 62 potential felony charges on accusations of credit card fraud. 

    Star receiver Antonio Callaway is among at least four Florida Gators who face potential felony charges on accusations of fraud.