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Girls district golf: Becker overcomes rough beginning


Published:   |   Updated: October 16, 2013 at 06:53 AM

TAMPA — Steinbrenner’s Claire Becker started Tuesday’s Class 3A-District 11 golf tournament with bogey, double bogey and bogey, and on the fourth hole she almost hit her drive out of bounds.

“But I was determined to keep my mind in the game,” Becker said. “I was going to stay positive.”

Becker played the last 15 holes in 1 over par, finishing with a 5-over 77 at Heritage Harbor Country Club. Becker then defeated teammate Alyson Serino with a birdie on the third playoff hole for medalist honors.

Becker’s effort also helped the Warriors take the team title with a 323 total, 79 ahead of second-place Plant. Sickles was third with 470.

The district title is the second straight for Steinbrenner’s girls, who appear to be the favorites to take next week’s region championship, which the Warriors also won last year.

Steinbrenner’s Kelsey Holbert (83) and Brooke Deal (86) finished third and fourth overall.

Scott Purks

2A-17: Martin, Holy Names cruise

SUN CITY — It was a three-peat on Tuesday for the Academy of the Holy Names.

Senior Emmy Martin won her third consecutive individual crown with a 2-under 70, while the Jaguars placed four golfers in the top five to claim the Class 2A-District 17 championship, the program’s third in a row.

The Jaguars had three score in the 70s, and sixth-grader Georgia Ruffuol shot an 81. Holy Names finished with a team total of 309.

“Any time you have that, it’s a good day as a team,” Holy Names coach Chris Kumka said.

Martin, who is verbally committed to Texas Christian, had five birdies.

“This is definitely a goal for my senior year, to win it all,” Martin said.

Robinson finished second with 429, and Armwood took third with 463. Lennard’s Morgan Beachum (106), Jefferson’s Teresa Shreve (119) and Spoto’s Karra Luanglath (144) advanced to the region tournament as individuals.

Nick Williams

2A-15: Zephyrhills ends district title drought

SAN ANTONIO — Zephyrhills won its first district title in more than 15 years, as the Bulldogs shot a 407 to edge Land O’ Lakes by four strokes for the 2A-15 district title.

Sunlake sophomore Kelly Harris shot a field-low 8-over 80 to help the Seahawks advance to their first regional as the third-place team.

Harris failed to card any birdies on the links-style course, but she still shot 10 strokes better than the Gators’ Eden Shirmohammad (90) and 11 better than the Bulldogs’ Sydney Owens (91), both of whom led their respective teams. Danielle Bahr and Emily Nichols added a 101 and 105, respectively, to help Zephyrhills grab the title, while Estefania Guizar added a 92 for Land O’ Lakes.

It’s a return trip to regionals for Harris, while Pasco’s Kaylee Britton (110) and Ashytn Schildt (112) and Wesley Chapel’s Dana Mumaw (113) were the three individual golfers who advanced.

Mike Camunas

1A-15: TC’s Eoff, Tampa Prep win

TAMPA — Tampa Catholics’s Kayla Eoff won the individual Class 1A-District 15 title at Westchase Country Club with a 2-over 74, and Tampa Prep, which featured the only full girls team, took home the championship with a score of 348.

Tampa Catholic’s Lindsey Gonzalez placed second overall with a 79, and Tampa Prep sixth-grader Lilly Berry was third with an 82.

Scott Purks

1A-13: Cambridge’s Zagers earns crown

WESLEY CHAPEL — Cambridge Christian edged Berkeley Prep in a one-hole playoff for the district title. Led by freshman Ashley Zagers’ field-low 4-over 74, the Lancers tied the Buccaneers at 389.

Alison Armstrong and Sarah Noto added a 76 and a 80, respectively, for the Lancers, while Elaine Donigan’s 86 led the Buccaneers.

Carrollwood Day’s Claudia Rami and Bishop McLaughlin’s Brooke Dalton moved on to next week’s region tournament for the second straight year. Rami shot an 83, while Dalton carded an 89.

Mike Camunas

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