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REGIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENTS

BOYS A-3

WHEN: Monday, 8 a.m.

WHERE: El Diablo C.C., Citrus Springs.

TEAMS: Citrus, Hernando, Keystone Heights, Orange Park Fleming Island, Saddlebrook Prep, St. Augustine, St. Augustine Nease, Zephyrhills.

THE SKINNY: Saddlebrook is the defending state champion, and Nease always is a title contender. To advance (top two squads move on), Citrus likely needs to break the school record of 305 it tied last week at district. The Hurricanes are led by seniors Ian Morrill, Garrett Neal and Robert Taylor. Sophomores Brad Davies and Charlie Hendrick also are solid players. "All five have shot par or better, but we haven't done it together," coach Chris Richardson said. Citrus has the home-course advantage, which should help a little.

GIRLS 2A-2

WHEN: Tuesday, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Meadowbrook G.C., Gainesville.

TEAMS: Daytona Beach Seabreeze, Flagler Palm Coast, Gainesville Buchholz, Lake Howell, Lecanto, Ocala Forest, Ocala Vanguard, Winter Springs.

THE SKINNY: Lecanto shot 393 to place second to Buchholz at district and make its regional a fourth straight season. Reaching state will be a difficult task. The top four District 4 squads (Lake Howell, Palm Coast, Seabreeze and Winter Springs) each shot 334 or better last week. Panthers senior Anne Kizer was the medalist with an 80 and has the potential to do even better. Kari Amundson, Carly Lewis, Christina Saia and Carla Savage are Lecanto's other players. Amundson recorded an 89 at district. Lewis had a 90.

GIRLS A-3

WHEN: Tuesday, 10:15 a.m.

WHERE: Lexington Oaks C.C., Wesley Chapel.

TEAMS: Citrus, Ocala St. John Lutheran, Orange Park Fleming Island, Port Orange Atlantic, Saddlebrook Prep, St. Augustine, St. Augustine Nease, Zephyrhills.

THE SKINNY: Citrus, the District 6 runner-up to Saddlebrook (by 116 strokes) last week, will be hard-pressed to advance because Nease also is a top-notch squad. Hurricanes senior Kristin Klauder has put together a nice season. Her 82 at district was a career low. Junior Kirsten Engel also is capable of breaking 90. Christine Bang, Abbie Heisner and Arien Thomas round out the starting five. This should be a great learning experience for Citrus, which returns four of its top five next season.

_ KEITH NIEBUHR

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