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GIBSON TAKES IT EASY, TAKES TITLE

Osceola sweeps to earn girls and boys crowns.

There was no pressure on Osceola's Haydyn Gibson, at least not this week.

The Class 2A, District 16 tournament had just six girls, five playing for Osceola, the only school to field a full team.

So Gibson hit her driver for recreation, putted with authority and spent Tuesday afternoon sailing through her home course at Bardmoor Country Club. With her pursuers (mostly teammates) nose-diving from the leaderboard, Gibson easily won individual honors with 71, eight strokes better than the top two boys at the tournament.

Gibson, who usually plays the front nine at Bardmoor during the regular-season schedule, shot 37-34. Her score included three birdies and three bogeys.

"That was my best this season," she said. "Usually I don't play as well on the back nine as I did. I'm not as familiar with it, but I was just able to get on a roll."

The Warriors won the team title by shooting 359. Two of Gibson's teammates, Lauren Morris (80) and Sophie Smoot (91), also played well.

Boca Ciega's Sadie Chlapowski (100) was the only other girl to play and advanced as an individual.

On the boys side, Osceola won the team title with 323. Largo (351) and Dixie Hollins (351) were the other teams to advance.

The Warriors' Mike Lambert and Cameron Fady each finished with 79 and had a one-hole playoff to determine the winner. Lambert won with a putt to make par on the first hole, beating Fady by a stroke.

"I started off well and shot 34 on the front nine," Lambert said. "The back was rough, though. I finished with a 45 and I wanted to make up for that in the playoff. I did well, and I missed a putt by a foot to make birdie on the playoff hole."

Boca Ciega's Cameron Fields and Dixie Hollins' Juan Valencia each finished with 80, with Fields prevailing in a one-hole playoff for third place.

Fields and Lakewood's Calob Cook (93) and Alex Henley (109) were the top three individuals not on qualifying teams to advance.

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2A-14: Two Falcons, one Sponger advance

NEW PORT RICHEY - The overcast skies made for cool conditions at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club in the Class 2A, District 14 boys championships.

Mitchell won the team title, earning its second consecutive district crown.

Even with the realigned district and their best golfer playing below expectations, the Mustangs (318) outpaced runnerup River Ridge (329).

The at-large bids for the region tournament went to Dunedin's Michael Schermerhorn (84) and Adam Norris (90), and Tarpon Springs' Ryan Wahl (84).

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A-13: Calvary boys place third

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.

Staff writer Matt Baker and correspondent Derek J. LaRiviere contributed to this report.

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