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Bloomingdale girls dominate 6A-8

The beating Bloomingdale's girls administered Thursday at Plant City Golf Club was so devastating it didn't seem fair.

The Bulls margin of victory? How 'bout 70 shots (317-387) over second-place Sarasota Riverview in the Class 6A, District 8 tourney.

The Bulls domination was so complete that its five players finished in the top six and all shot better than 86.

Two-time defending state individual champion Beth Bauer led the way with 1-under 71, which could have easily been four shots lower if not for four missed putts inside 3 feet.

The highlight for the Bulls, however, could arguably be Heather Shonyo, who finished tied for second with an 80 that included an even-par 36 on the backside.

"My Adrenaline was really pumping," Shonyo said of her career lowest tournament round. "I had to just keep patting myself on the back and telling myself to calm down."

After Shonyo, the Bulls' scores were: Jennifer Ayers (82), Kim Welch (84) and Angela Mann (86).

"We've all been playing so well that I really think we have a chance to win state," said Bauer, who led Bloomingdale to a state team title in 1996. "I think this team is stronger than the one that won before."

Shonyo said: "Today's round really gives me a lot of confidence because it shows me that I can manage my game and the golf course. I'm really psyched up for state because I know we have a chance."

The only other player besides a Bull to break in the top six individuals was Lakeland's Melissa Greenhouse, who shot 80.