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Plant boy’s golf team finishes tied for sixth at Class 3A state championship

The Panthers are unable to repeat as state champions in Howey-in-the-Hills

Plant's attempt to repeat as Class 3A state champion fell short. The Panthers finished tied for sixth on Saturday at the Mission Inn and Resort's El Campeon course in Howey-in-the-Hills with a 28 over 629, 11 shots behind champion Naples Gulf Coast. Junior Carson Moran was the Panthers top finisher with a 75-76—151, which was tied for 10th overall. Jackson Suber, the only senior on the team, finished tied for 14th with a 74-78—152.

"We didn't play the best that we could have but I'm proud of them,'' Plant coach Tom Feeney said. "We were only nine shots out after the first round so if each player just cut a few strokes off we could make a run. But we didn't hit many fairways and when you do that it's hard to make up any ground.''

Freedom's Cy Storlien finished tied for 14th as an individual.  He was fourth after the first round when he shot a 1 under 71, but shot an 81 on Saturday.

Palm Harbor University finished 13th in the 16-team field. Billy Bennett was the top player with a 77-87—164. Ben Ramos was one shot behind with an 81-84—165.

The girls tournament was played on the Las Colinas course. The top local individual was Plant City's Taylor Dedmen. She shot a 74-74-148 to tie for ninth. East Lake freshman Madison Hewlett shot a second round 80 and finished tied for 12th overall. Hewlett was tied for the lead after the first round with a 2 under 70. Helena Noel of Freedom finished tied for 17th with a 77-74—151. Jenny Kim of Lake Mary won the tournament with a 6 under 138.

As a team, Steinbrenner was the top local team with a 49 over 665 and an eighth-place finish. Anna Jansen was the top player with a 77-84—161. Alexi Castillo shot a 79-88—167. East Lake was 11th with a 56 over 685. Aside from Hewlett, Asia Boyd was second best on the team with an 88-81—169. Lake Mary won the team championship with an even par 588, 12 shots ahead of second place Niceville.

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