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Chiefs score a berth at state

Chamberlain was the first team to post a score at the Class 2A, Region 4 tournament, but when the score went on the board _ 338 _ the Chiefs didn't feel too good about it.

"But then as the scores kept coming in so high we felt better and better," coach Hank Bontrager said. "By the time it was over, of course, we were elated."

It turned out the Chiefs' 338 held up well in the stiff winds at Cheval Golf Club. Good enough, in fact, to place second and earn a trip to next week's state tournament in Port St. Lucie.

"Sure the scores were high," said Bontrager, "but that only shows how tough the conditions and the course was playing.

"There were a lot of good teams here. It was just a tough, tough day."

Seminole won with 323. Plant was third with 342, followed by Wharton (344) and Palm Harbor University (350).

"The scores were high because it was tough out there," said Seminole's Cliff Williams, who won the individual title with 4-over 75. "The wind was blowing pretty hard and the course was difficult. "Our team talked about keeping it in play before the round. So that's what I tried to do.

"I only hit three drivers all day. I hit 3-irons on almost every hole. I didn't make many putts of any length but I didn't miss any inside five feet."

Seminole's Jon Dubbeld, who said he hit 3-wood all day off the tee, was second with 6-over 77.

_ SCOTT PURKS

A-5: Sebring finally makes it to state

SEBRING _ Two years in a row, the Sebring Blue Streaks suffered through missing a berth in the state tournament by a single stroke.

Monday on their home course, the Streaks left nothing to chance, taking the top two individual spots and the team title in the Class A, Region 5 tournament at Harder Hall Country Club.

Sebring finished with a score of 295, seven strokes ahead of second-place Jesuit, which also qualified for state. Jesuit finished two ahead of third-place Berkeley Prep.

The best four individual scores count toward the team total. Lake Wales shot 311 for fourth, Newsome was fifth with 312, Clearwater Central Catholic sixth with 314, Tampa Prep seventh with 318 and Hardee eighth with 345.

Sebring and Jesuit will compete in the Class A state tournament at Fairwinds Golf Course in Fort Pierce Nov. 11-12.

"It's a great feeling," said Sebring's Marc Devany after shooting 3-under 69 to take medalist honors by a shot over teammate Cody Brownell.

"After being so close the last two years and missing out by a shot at regional, we finally got over the hump and we're looking forward to state."

Devany shot 67 on the same course a week earlier to win the District 10 championship. After Devany and Brownell, Matt Cornuet shot 75 for Sebring, while Jack Caldwell and Mike Marlette both had 81.

Pat Smith shot 72 to finish fourth overall and lead Jesuit, which also got 77 from Chris Fowler, 74 from Nick Leppert (eighth overall), 79 from James Broyd and 86 from Tim Riley.

For Berkeley Prep, Sam Rosati had 72 for fifth, Dan Harari shot 76, Zach Sobel and John Stevens shot 78 and Chris Tsavoussis shot 82.

Newsome's Bobby Dyer placed third with 71 and Nick Jones of Calvary Christian was sixth with 72.

_ SCOTT DRESSEL

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