Following his team's match against Citrus, Hernando girls golf coach T. V. Chambers walked around passing out conference and district champion patches to his players.
And while a quick glimpse might have seemed to point to that being a premature move by Chambers, careful inspection of the purple-and-gold patches revealed the year 1996 on the bottom.
Although you won't find too many people to argue the fact the Chambers will probably be performing the same duties next year, only those patches will read 1997.
Topping that list of believers is Citrus, Hernando's latest victim in its undefeated roll through the season after a 181-219 victory Tuesday at Brooksville Golf and Country Club.
The Hurricanes (7-3) entered the match having won two of their last three and trying to avenge an earlier loss to the Leopards. But the weather and two of the top golfers in the state were against them.
Leading the way for Hernando (16-0) was defending state champion Kelly Lagedrost, who shot a 1-over 37 on the soggy nine-hole course to take top medalist honors. She was followed by teammate Chrissy Atchison with a 42 and Citrus' Ronni Thomas (48).
A problem for both teams was humidity, then a 15-minute downpour and rain delay as the first group completed the fifth hole.
"It was a good match for the kids to play in," Chambers said. "The conditions weren't great but when the kids get into district and state, they're probably going to have to play if it's like that. Now they'll know what to expect."
The main thing they can expect in those conditions are slower greens as Lagedrost found out.
The senior bogeyed her first hole after the delay, leaving a 20-foot putt about 8 feet short and then missing the second putt before going 1-over.
A nice sand save on her third shot on the par-5 No.
7 led to a birdie, but Lagedrost three-putted on No.
9 for her final score.
"I played solid," Lagedrost said. "I only bogeyed two holes and that's because of the three putts. The rain slowed the greens down a lot. The rest of my game was fine."