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New champs in GCAC tourney

The Central boys and Lecanto girls unseat the defending champions.

By BRANT JAMES, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 24, 2002

The Central boys and Lecanto girls unseat the defending champions.

BROOKSVILLE -- Ask Grey Gonzalez how he played on Monday in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference boys golf tournament and you might not think he did so well.

"I couldn't drive or putt," the Central sophomore said.

Ask Tara Allen about her game and you get the same impression.

"I did okay," the Hernando sophomore said. "But my putting really hurt me today."

They might not have been pleased, but they were more than good enough.

Gonzalez was individual boys medalist with 75 and led Central to an unseating of two-time defending champion Hernando.

Allen shot 82 to thump Citrus' two-time champ, Christina Mitchell.

Central's boys shot 317, followed by Citrus (335), Hernando (341), Lecanto (342), Crystal River (350) and Springstead (358).

Mitchell's off day helped Lecanto (381) unseat defending champion Citrus (417) and rout Hernando (458), Central (463), Springstead (482) and Crystal River (579).

Gonzalez had modest goals entering the tournament.

"I didn't think we would win today," he said. "I was figuring we'd be third or fourth."

Gonzalez and teammate Andrew Coogan (78) were the only players to shoot in the 70s.

"This is a first for us and we're a young team -- we only have one senior," coach Gary Morton said. "I hope that bodes well for the future. I know this team has a lot of room for improvement."

Allen drove steadily enough and minimized mistakes to win by seven strokes over Lecanto's Lisa Lamontagne.

Mitchell grew frustrated as her round progressed, and slammed a club down on the 12th hole.

Allen and Lecanto's Erin Fields reported the decorum violation after the match. Coaches added a two-stroke penalty to the senior's final score of 96 rather than disqualify her.

"I got aggravated," Mitchell said. "I mean, I agree with it. I feel bad for doing it."

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