RIVERVIEW — Last year, Plant City High’s Kellyanne Hurst finished in the top five at the district tournament. On Monday, it was the senior’s turn to wear the crown.
Hurst shot a 5-over-par 76 to earn medalist honors at the Class 3A-District 13 girls golf tournament at Summerfield Crossings.
Hurst, who shot a 38 on the front nine, had a birdie on the first hole to go with six bogeys.
“It feels great,” she said. “I’m a senior and I really wanted to go out and win it. I was pretty steady.”
Newsome’s Meghna Patel finished second with a 77, while Durant’s Tori Higgins shot a 78.
Plant City won the district title with a team score of 337, followed by Durant at 364 and Newsome at 371. The top three teams advance to the region tournament.
Bloomingdale’s Elizabeth Jackson (83), East Bay’s Nattakran Siribun (87) and Rachel Kuhn of Riverview (97) advanced to the individual bracket of the region tournament.
“It’s awesome to win it,” Hurst said. “We had a very young team.”
3A-10: Romeo earns title in a playoff
TAMPA — The Class 3A-District 10 individual final was everything it was expected to be.
With the FHSAA adding a new classification and reorganizing districts, the competition at Temple Terrace pitted a pair of district champs — Freedom’s Terese Romeo and King’s Steffi Yo — against each other.
Romeo, a junior, won on the second playoff hole, knocking down a 15-foot putt on No. 3 to take the individual honor after the two finished 18 holes with 77s.
“I almost backed off of it,” Romeo said of the putt. “But I looked back down and I said, ‘This is my putt.’ ”
Romeo, who spent a week playing in a First Tee event at Pebble Beach last month, said she was thrilled with the way her season has progressed ,and that includes helping her Patriots reach next week’s region tournament as Freedom turned in a team 338 to top King (380) for the title.
Trailing by three shots after the first nine, Romeo battled back into contention with a pair of birdies on the back nine (Nos. 10 and 12), highlighted by a chip-in from a bunker 30 feet out.
“I knew I needed to put my head on straight, make some birdies and pretty much put the pressure on,” Romeo said. “Steffi held strong and I didn’t expect anything less from her.”
Freedom senior Megan Pollenz finished third with an 82, while Wiregrass Ranch also advanced as a team by finishing third.
Individually qualifying were Hillsborough’s Sarvi Bommakanti (83) and Aleesha Mundra (107), as well as Wharton’s Nicole Stannard, who shot a 101.
2A-13: Fivay savors third straight title
BROOKSVILLE — Heavily-favored Fivay performed as good as advertised during the Class 2A-District 13 tourney at Silverthorn Country Club.
The Falcons, who arrived averaging 402 strokes per 18 holes, made up for last week’s disappointing fifth-place finish during the Sunshine Athletic Conference Tournament at Plantation Palms with a 36-shot victory over Hernando, 420-456.
Nature Coast Technical will join Fivay and Hudson in next week’s region tournament.
As expected Springstead seniors Kiki Schau and Kylie Van Meter battled for medalist honors against Falcons senior Amber Mariano.
Schau and Van Meter tied for top honors across the 5,159-yard layout with 97s. In a match of cards, Schau nipped Van Meter for first place.
Mariano, who arrived averaging 47.5 per nine holes, finished third overall with 48-50—98.
“I played a decent round. It’s awful to lose by one stroke,” Mariano said.
On the Falcons’ district three-peat, “It’s huge,” Mariano said. “In my freshman year we didn’t even have enough players for a team. We’ve come such a long way, though.”
2A-14: Dove leads Mitchell to crown
NEW PORT RICHEY — Mitchell’s Shyanne Dove hadn’t shot better than an 87 all season, but on a breezy afternoon all that changed.
Dove shot a 10-over 83 and helped lead the Mustangs to the Class 2A-District 14 championship at the Seven Springs Country Club.
“This is definitely a huge confidence booster heading into regionals,” Dove said. “I shot a few more birdies on the front nine than I did on the back nine. Overall I’m happy with my score. Hopefully we can make it to states this year.”
The other teams that will be joining Mitchell at the region tournament will be Gulf and Tarpon Springs, which scored 441 and 487, respectively.
Mitchell had the top four golfers in the tourney, including Dove, Mackenzie Bennett (88), Lindsey Richey (89) and Ashley Richardson (92).
Gulf’s Sarah Usewick and Emily Couch tied for fifth place with 97s.
Monday’s district tournament results, Page 5