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Darkness, rain delay don't hold back Saddlebrook

A late start and afternoon rain delay kept most of the field from completing their rounds, but Saddlebrook did and the Spartans will likely advance after shooting a 335 at Tuesday's Class A, Region 3 tournament at Lexington Oaks Golf Club.

Junior Randall Norman led the Spartans with a 78, second only to St. Augustine Nease's Brittany Nelson (75) for the low round. Sophomore Stephanie Serur shot an 83 for Saddlebrook and No. 1 player Alyssa Olson shot an 85, 15 strokes higher than her district score. Coach Neil Postlethwait was disappointed to see his team post a score 35 strokes higher than it did last week.

"I think they'll play better next week," Postlethwait said. "We're not as focused as we need to be. I had three girls in the 70s last week and I only had one today."

Rounds were suspended due to darkness and Postlethwait was awaiting word from the Florida High School Athletic Association as to whether partial scores would decide which team _ most likely St. Augustine Nease or Fleming Island _ would also advance..

The North Suncoast had four individuals hoping to post one of the two lowest scores and advance. Hernando junior Tara Allen came close, tying for third with an 83, scuttled by three lost balls on the back nine. Her score was seven strokes better than she posted at regionals last year.

Nature Coast Tech's Mallory Freeman shot a 94, and teammate Katie McCabe had to withdraw with an ankle injury.

Citrus and Zephyrhills were also in the field, led by Kristen Klauder's 84 and Sarah Johnson's 93, respectively.

2A: Lecanto sixth

GAINESVILLE _ Winter Springs Lake Howell shot 338 to win the Region 2 title. Daytona Beach Seabreeze (347) was second. Lecanto (398) placed sixth in the eight-team field.

Anne Kizer led the Panthers with 84 to finish in the top 10. Kari Amundson and Carly Lewis each shot 104; Christina Saia 106.

_ MATT CANNIZZARO

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