TRINITY — Despite the team’s success over the years, Mitchell High is finally headed to state.
The Mustangs captured their first region boys golf crown Tuesday at their home course, Fox Hollow Golf Club, edging Jesuit by four strokes at the Class 2A-5 tournament.
“Maybe this will get the monkey off our backs of performing at the big level,” said Mitchell’s Rick Hyatt, who is in his eighth year as coach. “Guys talked about moving on today, but I wanted them to win the whole thing. Just like next week at states. I don’t just want to place. I want to win it all.
Mitchell shot a 303 to Jesuit’s 307 thanks to Donnie Gabrelcik’s 1-under 70 that included draining a birdie putt on the 18th hole. Gabrelcik also would birdie holes 1, 6, 11 and 13, but bogey 7 and 17 and double bogey 5.
“It was windy out there, so it was tough,” said Gabrelcik, who was also Sunshine Athletic Conference champ two weeks ago. “You’re on your home course, you want to win regions, both as a team and individually, so, finally, we’re moving on and we’re going to enjoy it.”
Jesuit was led by Alec Murawski’s 75 and 77s by Joseph Trim and Ethan White, while Matt Ruel shot a 78.
The Tigers posted their 307 before all of Mitchell’s scores were in, and while Anthony Swinford shot a 75 and Mike Spinger a 77, it was Max Sabo’s 81 that secured the Mustangs’ championship.
Sunlake’s Jake Roberts and Spring Hill Springstead’s Brazon Dixon both shot a 75 to become the two individual state qualifiers.
Dove’s 77 leads Mustangs’ girls
TRINITY — Though conditions started to get a bit rough toward the end of the day, Mitchell’s Shyanne Dove was still able to come away with the best individual score of her prep career.
Dove shot a 77 and helped lead Mitchell to a team-score low of 334 and a trip to the state tournament after claiming the Class 2A-Region 5 title Tuesday evening at the Heritage Springs Golf Course.
“Mitchell hasn’t gone to states since like 2009 so it’s pretty exciting that we’re moving on,” Dove said. “We were hoping that we’d move on and we knew we had a good chance. I’m very happy with my score.”
Land O’ Lakes (396) finished second and also will move onto the state tournament, with Fivay (402), Zephryhills (408), Sunlake (424), Brooksville Hernando (463) and Brooksville Nature Coast (525) rounding out the team scores. Tarpon Springs’ team did not finish.
Sunlake’s Kelly Harris and Spring Hill Springstead’s Kylie Van Meter finished with identical scores of 85 and will be the two individuals moving onto states.
- Andy Villamarzo