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Things fall into place for Dunedin boys golfers

Dunedin’s Travis Huston shoots the best round of the day at the St. Petersburg High Invitational, securing the team title.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Dunedin’s Travis Huston shoots the best round of the day at the St. Petersburg High Invitational, securing the team title.

ST. PETERSBURG — Dunedin coach Rich Edmonds has waited all season to watch his golfers put together a complete team effort.

One meet, junior Westin Jensen is shooting the day's low score. The next time out, sophomore Justine Knox is setting the pace.

Each Falcons golfer has played exceptionally well, just not all at the same event.

That changed Monday at the seventh annual St. Petersburg High Invitational at the Vinoy Golf Club.

Dunedin, led by sophomore Travis Huston who scored the day's best round with 4-under 68, had all six golfers shoot 76 or better to earn the team title by nine strokes over St. Petersburg Catholic.

Jensen and Mark Bernard each shot 76 for Dunedin, which was good enough to place in the top 20 overall but not low enough to count toward the Falcons' team score in a dominating team performance. Knox (72), Andrew Norris (72) and Justin Foster (74) rounded out the Falcons' scoring.

"I just wanted one time to see what would happen if all my players played well on the same day," Edmonds said. "I expected to do well, but this completely exceeds my expectations."

Huston, son of PGA Tour veteran John Huston, said the round was the lowest of his career, including high school and junior golf events.

"Just playing with my dad, I think maybe I've shot better, but that's it," he said.

Huston was 2-over after the first three holes but regrouped after a five-minute lightning delay to birdie the next two holes.

"I didn't make another bogey after (the delay)," he said.

Leading by a stroke going into the final hole on the par-5 No. 9, Huston hit his tee shot to within 180 yards to clinch the victory by two over playing partner Lee McCoy of Calvary Christian and Palm Harbor University's Zack Sobel.

"At that point I knew he was probably going to make birdie, and I knew I wasn't going to make anything better than that," said McCoy. "I didn't want to completely mess up my round by going for it."

Jimmy Weck and Devin Hernandez each shot 71 to pace the silver medalist Barons. Palm Harbor U. finished third with a 303 team score. Defending champion Calvary Christian was fourth at 305.

"It feels good to not just win, but win big," Edmonds said. "We made a statement today that we are up there with the big boys."

Things fall into place for Dunedin boys golfers 09/29/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 3:00pm]
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