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Chamberlain golf team fails to draw 4th ace

The championship run has ended.

The Chamberlain girls' golf team's attempt at four straight state championships was one too many after the Class 2A finals Nov. 6-7 at the Links at Point West Golf Club in Vero Beach. The Chiefs, state champs in 1998, 1999 and 2000, were 20 strokes behind after the first round and couldn't make up ground en route to their seventh-place finish.

Chamberlain shot an opening round 329, led by Brooke Layton's 70 and Mallory Code's 73. Code was even better in the second round, firing a 3-under-par 69 to finish 142 for fourth place among individuals. Layton followed up her outstanding first round with a another solid outing, shooting 75 in the second round to finish with a 145 score, tying her for sixth place. The Chiefs shot 325 in the second round to finish at 654, 40 strokes behind tournament winner Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. Other Chiefs scores included Jennifer Stanley's 172 (83-89), Kara Sprague's 201 (109-92) and Chelsie Hughes' 210 (103-107).

The Wharton boys' attempt at a championship suffered a similar fate.

The Wildcats shot 301-308 as a team to tie for eighth, 29 strokes behind champion Miami Columbus at the Class 2A finals at Fairwinds Golf Course in Fort Pierce. With their top three golfers not finishing their opening rounds due to darkness, the Wildcats' David Tiffenberg, Mike Giammaresi and Brian Wertz opened the second day of the tournament at 6:50 a.m. to finish their individual rounds. None of the golfers had more than three holes to finish, and coach John Benson said none were affected by playing the extra holes.

Tiffenberg shot 74-74 to finish at 148, the lowest score among the Wildcats. The scores continued a solid postseason for Tiffenberg, who shot three consecutive 74s in the playoffs. Giammaresi shot 74-75 to finish at 149 while Wertz was at 153 after rounds of 74 and 79. Other Wharton scores included Barrett White's 161 (79-82) and Austin Sherman's 163 (83-80).

MORE GOLF: Former Chamberlain standout golfer Akio Sadakata is a step closer to a professional career. Having successfully completed the first step of qualifying, Sadakata will compete at the second stage of the PGA Tour qualifying process Nov. 13 at Orange County National Golf Club in Orlando.

SOFTBALL: Chamberlain third baseman Krista Holle has verbally committed to USF, becoming one of five high school players to commit to the Bulls during the early recruiting period. Holle helped lead the Chiefs to the Class 5A state semifinals as a junior last season. The team's leadoff hitter, Holle hit .410 and had an on-base percentage of .594. She hit eight doubles, two triples, knocked in 10 runs and scored 42 runs. Also, she stole 22 bases and had a fielding percentage of .933.

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