TRINITY — For a while in Tuesday’s Class 2A, Region 5 tournament at Fox Hollow, a playoff loomed with a four-way tie at 4-over 75. Then Donnie Gabrelcik came in with 70 to claim individual medalist and clinch Mitchell’s first region championship.
“It’s a big honor and it came on my home golf course,” said Gabrelcik, who birdied the final hole for his fifth birdie of the day.
Mitchell (303) won its first title with Gabrelcik, district medalist Anthony Swinford, Mike Spinger and Max Sabo. Jesuit (307) was runnerup and advances to states.
“It’s amazing, finally, to go (to states) as a team,” Gabrelcik said. “We’re going to enjoy it.”
Mitchell coach Rick Hyatt noted that 2013 graduate Dylan Strout went to states in back-to-back seasons. The Mustangs had never been a region runnerup either.
“We’ve always had good teams, we just couldn’t get over the hump,” said Hyatt, who is in his eighth season as coach. “I’m hoping that this will get that monkey off our back and show that we’re able to perform in bigger events.”
Hyatt shared a sentiment with his players, who during the season have talked about winning a state title, when he added, “I don’t want to just make a showing I want to win it.”
Jesuit was led by Alec Murawski’s 75. Joining Grabelcik. Swinford and Murawski in the top six were Springstead’s Brazon Dixon and Sunlake’s Jake Roberts and Travis Wells.
Girls: Mitchell reclaims crown
TRINITY — For the first time since 2009, Mitchell is headed to the state tournament as region champion. Led by individual medalist Shyanne Dove, the Mustangs won the Class 2A, Region 5 tournament Tuesday at Heritage Springs.
Mitchell scored 334 and runnerup Land O’Lakes finished at 396. Both teams advance to the state tournament, along with the top two individuals, Sunlake’s Kelly Harris and Springstead’s Kylie Van Meter, who tied at 85.
“It’s brand new for all five of our tournament players,” Mitchell coach Tom Stratman said of his state qualifiers. “We’ve had four different girls this year finish first in tournaments. We’re balanced.”
Dove shot 77 with one birdie to finish two strokes ahead of teammate Mackenzie Bennett. Mitchell’s Ashley Richardson and Lindsey Ritchey chipped in with 87 and 91, respectively.
“It’s our home course so I feel a lot more comfortable on it,” said Dove, a sophomore who also was a district medalist and conference runnerup this season. “We’re happy that we got this far, but we want to go and win it now.”
The other girl to get a ribbon was Fivay’s Amber Mariano, who shot 89 to place sixth overall.
Leading the way for Land O’Lakes were Eden Shirmohammad and Estefania Guizar with rounds of 92 and 93, respectively. In a close battle for that coveted second spot and just behind the Gators were Fivay (402) and Zephyrhills (408).
“I figured it was going to come down to us, Land O’Lakes and Fivay for that second spot,” Zephyrhills coach Ken Burgess said.