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AHN'S MARTIN UP FOR NEXT CHALLENGE

SUN CITY CENTER- For the third straight year, Academy of the Holy Names' Emmy Martin took the top spot at the Class 2A, District 17 tournament.

Those titles are nice. But there's another on which she has her eye.

"I'm looking to win the state tournament this year," said Martin, who posted 2-under 70 at Sandpiper Golf Club on Tuesday, five better than second-place finisher Caroline Gilhool of Robinson.

Martin powered AHN to a team win, and the Jaguars finished with 309, 120 strokes better than second-place Robinson. Armwood finished third with 463. In addition to those three teams, Lennard's Morgan Beachum (106), Jefferson's Teresa Shreve (119) and Spoto's Karra Luanglath (144) move on to Monday's regionals.

Holy Names coach Chris Kumka thought his team had a good day on the course; four of AHN's five golfers finished in the top five individually.

Kumka saw a performance he expected from his star golfer, who finished with four birdies, three on the back nine. Martin is used to putting up eye-catching scores, he said, and her state title hopes are well within reach.

On the boys side, Robinson won with 323. Jefferson came in second (430), beating Lennard by one. Robinson freshman Karam Paul posted 2-over 74, the low score for the boys, while teammate Andrew Skora (79) was second. Armwood's Evin Jenkins (88) and Spoto's Sam Beutler (98) and Chase Cwik (104) also advanced.

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A-15: Dominating win for TC boys

At Westchase Golf Club, Tampa Catholic swept the top five spots to finish with 307.

Junior Nilo Sanchez earned the district championship by shooting 75, followed by teammates Anthony Pascua (76) and Lucas Mylet (77). TC's Joseph Testerman and Ryan Williams finished at 79.

Max Lerner's 90 fueled Tampa Prep to a second-place showing.

Tampa Catholic junior Kayla Poff won the girls title with 74. That's five strokes ahead of her teammate, runnerup Lindsey Gonzalez.

Lillian Berry (82) and Morgan Peterson (85) had strong showings to lead Tampa Prep to the team title with 348.

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A-13: Cambridge girls win playoff

At Saddlebrook, Cambridge Christian's girls won a one-hole playoff to edge Berkeley Prep for the team championship after both teams finished at 389.

Ashley Zagers earned the individual title with a day-low 74, two ahead of teammate Alison Armstrong. Junior Elaine Donigan's 86 was the low score for the Buccaneers.

Carrollwood Day's Claudia Rami (83) and Bishop McLaughlin's Brooke Dalton (89) move on as individuals.

Saddlebrook Prep dominated the boys tournament with 279 - 58 shots better than Berkeley Prep. Saddlebrook's Ryoto Furuya (67), Won Jun Lee (67) and Joe He (69) had the day's top rounds.

James Donigan (78) and Michael Hoff (82) led the Bucs, who finished five shots better than Calvary Christian.

Individuals advancing were Cambridge Christian's Matthew Liffrig (83) and CDS' Nick Nugebauer (83) and Isaac Dieter (86).

Staff writer Matt Baker contributed to this report.

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