Hoping to show last weekend's win in the season-opening East Lake Invitational wasn't just a product of playing on its home course, the East Lake boys came out determined in the Mustang Invitational at Seminole Lake Country Club.
The Eagles, led by Linzy Clark's even-par 71, stormed past the rest of the field. At the East Lake Invitational, the Eagles needed a playoff to defeat Calvary Christian. Thursday, the Eagles left no doubt after 18 holes, firing 300 to Calvary's second-place 311.
Clark also won the individual first-place trophy after beating Calvary's Lee McCoy in a one-hole playoff. Clark chipped to within 2 feet and sank his par putt for victory. McCoy made bogey.
"I've gotten a lot better at chipping," Clark said.
Clark's teammates Jake Johnson (75), Terry O'Reilly (77) and Logan Hand (77) had consistent rounds.
Host Northside Christian, led by Gus Myers' 76, took third. Matt Cote and Christian Senger each fired 73 to help Palm Harbor University to a fourth-place finish.
Jack Maguire of St. Petersburg shot 73. The Green Devils were fifth overall.
On the girls side, Indian Rocks Christian's Ryan Ashburn had the afternoon's best overall round after coming into the clubhouse 2-under 69, four strokes better than Northside Christian's A.J. Newell,.
"Keeping the ball in play helped," Ashburn said. "You definitely have to hit the greens out here to be able to score well."
Northside Christian girls coach D.J. Jackson challenged his team to beat not only the girls teams in the field but also the boys teams. They came close, shooting 306 to take first in team competition. Only the East Lake boys were better.
Michelle Butler shot 74, Anna Newell had 79 and Danielle Grace carded 80 to round out Northside's team score.