At the mid-point in the high school golf season, only East Lake remains undefeated among the 16 schools in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference.
The Eagles have a 12-0 record, 5-0 in conference matches. Clearwater's overall record is 13-1, 6-0 in the conference. And predictably, defending champion Countryside is right there with an overall record of 9-1, 3-0 in the conference.
The Cougars, playing without their No. 1 player, Brandon Takacs, lost to Bradenton Southeast by four strokes last week at the River Club in Bradenton. Drew Bleakley led the Cougars with 2-over 38.
Lakewood is the only other undefeated team in PCAC play with a 3-0 record, 8-5 overall. The Spartans pulled off a big win at Lakewood Country Club Thursday when they upset undefeated Lakeland High and always-tough Seminole High.
The scores were Lakewood, 155; Lakeland, 159; and Seminole, 160.
"They were thrilled to death with the win," first-year Lakewood coach Beth Brubaker said. "Our top three guys shot real well and that's what enabled us to win. If we can continue to shoot consistently, we can challenge for the conference title. The district, however, is another matter. We're in with Sarasota Riverview and when we played them earlier in the year they shot 3-under as a team."
Lakewood was led in Thursday's match by P. J. Penrose, the 6-foot-7 basketball standout who helped the Spartans reach the state Class 5A final four. He shot 1-over 37, as did Steve Woelfel. Mike Puffer shot 38 and Justin Threet completed the scoring with a 43.
"They can't overlook us," said Penrose, who drives 300 yards. "We'll give them our best shot."
GIRLS GOLF: Lavana Davis at Seminole continues to be a key member of the boys team maintaining a 39.67 average, right behind No. 1 player Wink Amerman (38.33), the defending state 6A individual champion.
At Countryside, coach Greg Bryant has been impressed with freshman Amanda Dick, who has been shooting consistently in the low 40s.
"Amanda got a late start in golf because she was coming off soccer season," Byrant said. "But she's a hard worker who practices a lot on her own. She's a real competitor with a great swing."
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