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Davis wins third title, Clearwater tops teams

Tuesday's Class 6A, District 9 girls individual championship came down to the last hole. Seminole's Lavana Davis trailed Clearwater's Jenny Gleason by a shot.

Gleason's drive on Clearwater Country Club's par-5 17th, their last hole in the shotgun start format, was dangerously close to going out of bounds on the right. Davis' drive was on the left side of the fairway.

Gleason wasn't out of bounds, but she ended up with triple-bogey 8. Davis parred the hole and won the title by two shots. Davis shot 74, Gleason 76.

"I thought she was out of bounds, so I aimed practically for the other fairway just so I would keep it in play," Davis said. "I couldn't have played any better than the way I played today."

It was the third straight individual championship for Davis, a senior who will play at Miami next year. All was not lost for Gleason. Clearwater, with a total of 376, won the team championship by 10 shots over East Lake.

Both Davis and Clearwater will play in the state tournament next Wednesday and Thursday at Heritage Oaks Country Club in Sarasota.

"We finally won one," Gleason said while hold the district championship trophy. "We said before the match that we were just going to worry about hitting fairways and greens. We weren't going to worry about anything else."

Countryside's Derril Bleakley shot 82 to take third place. The Cougars also finished third with a total of 389. St. Petersburg (477), Dunedin (511) and Northeast (583) were the only other full teams.

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