Rain started dumping on Walden Lake Golf Club about 1 p.m., or minutes after the leading groups of the Class 2A-District 10 girls golf tournament knocked in their final putts. That was good news for Steinbrenner High and Freedom's Terese Romeo, who stayed dry and won the team and individual titles respectively.
The Warriors won the title with a 338 total, or 37 shots ahead of second-place Plant City. Freedom was third at 382, earning the final team qualifying spot for next week's regionals.
For Romeo, the day was particularly pleasing because she shot a 3-over 75 in what was her first competitive 18-hole round since undergoing wrist surgery a month ago.
"It got a little sore at the end of the round, but not in a bad way," said Romeo, who has played only a couple of nine-hole matches in preparation for the district tournament. "It's still a little weak, but it worked today."
Steinbrenner's Claire Becker was second in the individual race with a 78, followed by Newsome's Meghna Patel, who shot 81.
In the team competition, Steinbrenner was pretty much in control from start to finish with all five girls playing solidly, including Kelsey Holbert (82), Kayla Poff (88), Hannah Crosby (90) and Brooke Deal (90).
"It was a little soggy in some areas from previous rain, but overall it was in good shape and it was fair," said Steinbrenner coach Mark Mann said. "We pretty much accomplished what we set out to do."
--- 2A-9: Yo leads King to title
King's Steffi Yo said she was already focused on what she would have to do next week to compete at the region tournament. Not that she was taking 2A-District 9 tournament for granted.
"I was actually focusing on regionals, I actually like to aim a bit higher than what I'm used to doing," Yo said. "It helps me gloss over some of the bad holes I have and it allows me to reset myself."
Yo's confidence was well-placed as the junior earned individual medalist honors and helped lead the Lions to a district title with an 81, 11 strokes ahead of her nearest competition.
Yo was able to reset herself on the back nine after carding a 43 on the front, she settled down and shot a 2-over 38 on the back.
King finished with a team 384, beating out region qualifier and 10-time defending district champions Plant, which shot a team 408. Also qualifying as a team for the region tournament is Hillsborough led by individual runner-up Sarvika Bommakanti (92), while Chamberlain's Emma Beth Fisher (94), Alonso's Elly Pillers (100) and Sickles' Kristen Partin (107) qualified as individuals.
--- 2A-5: Zephyrhills takes fourth
Zephyrhills came in fourth place for the second-straight year, this time missing out on regions by three strokes after shooting a team 384 at Pine Oaks in Ocala. In 2011, the Bulldogs missed by four strokes. Sydney Owens, who led with a 90, also missed advancing individually by a stroke.
"We avoided those disaster holes today," coach Ken Burgess said. "It's just tough to come so close and miss out again."
Danielle Bahr also carded a 93, while Angela Williams and Karisten Deem shot a 100 and 101, respectively.
--- 1A-9: Etcheberry, Fivay claim titles
Academy at the Lakes senior Mallory Etcheberry became the Wildcats first individual title winner in four years, while Fivay edged out Gulf by a stroke for the district title at Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club.
"It feels pretty good," said Etcheberry, who is committed to Akron. "I'm used to being our only player, but I do feel a little extra pressure to represent our school the right way."
Etcheberry shot a 5-over 77, which was 11 strokes better than the 88 carded by Wesley Chapel junior Hana Lee. Because this district had just three full teams and four individual players, all but two players will advance to regions. The Falcons shot a 452 that bested the Buccaneers' 453, while the Wildcats had a 510. Joining Etcheberry individually will be Anclote's Amanda Zammit, who had a 115 and Ridgewood's Niki Stonis, who shot a 142.
Fivay was led by Amber Mariano's 107, while Taylor Rhoades had a 111 and both Samantha Dehner and Lauren Mariano shot a 117. Gulf's Sarah Usewick shot a 99, while Alexis Beucler added a 104.
--- 1A-14: Martin, Academy of the Holy Names triumph
Emmy Martin had that feeling every golfer has when they just know they have a chance to go low.
Martin, a junior at Academy of the Holy Names, easily won the Class 1A-District 14 title at Emerald Greens, and in the process, led the Jaguars to the team crown. It was her second straight district title, and she won it convincingly, by six shots over runner-up Claudia Rami from Carrollwood Day School. Martin was wild off the tee, but made up for it with her short game with an even-par 72.
She also had little doubt that she was going to win, playing with confidence and playing even par on both nines.
"I just kind of knew going in that I was going to do well,'' Martin said. "I won last year so had a lot of confidence and I know I was going to score well. Even when I wasn't hitting it well off the tee, I knew I could make up for it.''
In addition to Holy Names (318), Berkeley Prep (425) and Tampa Prep (444) advanced to next week's regionals.