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BUCS OFF TO STATE AGAIN

Berkeley coach says his team can do better but can't argue with a second straight berth.

Berkeley Prep coach Tom Shea was thrilled with the result but not so much with his team's score after Tuesday's Class A, Region 5 tournament at Westchase.

"We could have done better," Shea said.

As it stood, the Buccaneers did more than enough.

With a 348-shot team total, Berkeley Prep finished second behind Northside Christian (303) to reach next week's state tournament for the second straight year.

"Our goal was 340," Shea said. "We can be at 340 or better."

Senior Kim Carpenter led the Bucs with a career-best 1-over-par 73. Kyleen Carpenter and Lindsey Weiss each produced rounds of 87.

The title is the fifth straight for Northside Christian, which shot the second-best single-day score in program history. The Mustangs, who counted scores from three sophomores and a seventh-grader, were led by the 69 of medalist A.J. Newell, a round that tied the school record.

Berkeley Prep wasn't exactly challenged for second. Academy of the Holy Names was third, 44 shots back of Berkeley Prep.

Kim Carpenter stood at 3 under midway through the back nine. Still, she wasn't complaining about the outcome.

"I'm really happy," she said. "I made a lot of putts."

At Westchase

Team scores: Northside Christian (303), Berkeley Prep (348), Academy of the Holy Names (392), Tampa Prep (453), Ridge Community (456), Lakeland McKeel (489), Lakeland Christian (489)

Individual state qualifiers: Erica Popson 70 (Ridge Community), Ryan Ashburn 73 (Indian Rocks Christian)

Fast facts

State golf

When: Oct. 28-29

Class A: at the Club at Eaglebrooke, Lakeland

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