Gaither High senior Jimmy Stanger has a lot of accomplishments — a district title and a state tournament appearance. The University of Virginia commit had very little to prove Monday at Temple Terrace in the Class 2A-District 9 golf tournament after winning the district crown a season ago on the same course, but that didn't mean he was at ease for the start.
"To be honest I was a heck of a lot more nervous out here than I was last year, knowing I had another year," Stanger said. "Knowing that this is my senior year and it was play well or go home, that's what makes you a good golfer.
"People who can channel their nerves are the best and the people who don't have any nerves are the ones who can't show up."
The nerves settled quickly and Stanger carded a pair of birdies and two bogeys, finishing five strokes ahead of his nearest competition, taking individual medalist honors with an even-par 72.
On the team side, Plant defended as champion behind Ryan Gendron (77), who finished as the individual runner-up. The Panthers' team score (315) topped other region team qualifiers King (331) and Hillsborough (341).
Alonso's Jordan Sadowski (78) and Chamberlain's Norman Black (79) also qualified for the region tourney as individuals.
2A-5: Zephyrhills finishes fourth
Zephyrhills came up a stroke short at Silver Springs Shores in Ocala and finished tied for fourth (336) in the 2A-District 5 tournament, a spot out of advancing to the region tourney.
Stephan Pollock advanced individually after winning a playoff hole over two others, including teammate Cory Bahr. Both shot 80, while Wyatt Nichols had an 81 and Austin LaRose had a 92.
"They played well as a team, but each guy will probably say they left strokes out there," first-year Bulldogs coach Sean Klotz said. "Nearly a six-hour round is long for any golfer."
1A-9: Saddlebrook rolls to team championship
Saddlebrook Prep retained its 1A-District 9 crown with a 298 at Crescent Country Club. Saddlebrook's Won Jun Lee had an impressive day, shooting a1-under 72.
"Everything kind of went according to plan," Saddlebrook Prep coach Mark Hirschey said. "Everyone shot pretty solid. Nothing that was unexpected. Won Jun is a very good player, shooting 1-under par.''
Fivay (343) and Hudson (349) will join Saddlebrook at the region tourney after finishing second and third.
Saddlebrook's Joe He shot 1 over and Fivay's Jake Schoonover, Hudson's Mitchell Campbell and Saddlebrook's Ryoto Furuya shot 3 over.
1A-14: Trim's ace lifts Jesuit
Jesuit's Joseph Trim had never scored a hole-in-one, but when he heard a clang on the third hole at Emerald Greens, he knew something special had happened.
He did it in proper fashion, slam-dunking it with no bounce, on his way to a 73 that won the 1A-District 14 tournament.
Jesuit defeated Tampa Catholic by six strokes to claim its fourth straight district crown.
Trim started slowly, bogeying the first hole and scrambling for par on the second. His tee shot at the par-3 third cut through the wind and hit the bottom of the stick.
"I didn't think I could win with a 73, but once it dropped, I knew this was my day,'' Trim said. "That just kick-started the day.''
Berkeley Prep's Greyson Porter finished second with a 74 to help his team to a third-place finish and a spot in next week's region tournament.