The Cougars and Sharks shake off bad rounds to finish second and third in the Class 2A, District 10 tournament.
By TERRY JONES
© St. Petersburg Times, published October 30, 2002
WINTER HAVEN -- Lakeland Jenkins had the top team and individual scores Tuesday at Willow Brook golf course. Durant and Riverview were just happy to advance.
Despite off days by their top golfers, the Cougars (394) and Sharks (408) finished second and third behind Jenkins' 360 in the Class 2A, District 10 tournament. Winter Haven (418) was fourth.
The top four teams earned return trips to Willow Brook for the regional tournament Monday.
Durant senior Ashley Fertic led the Cougars with 90.
"My driver just wasn't working today so I had to tee off with my 6-iron," Fertic said. "I just couldn't seem to straighten out my drives. If I can straighten out my drives next week, I should be able to lower my score some."
Junior Mallory Rausch led Riverview with 96 despite getting sick on the course and finishing with a migraine.
"I knew I could quit and no one would hold it against me, but I also knew the team needed my score, so I stayed with it," Rausch said.
Jenkins senior Dolores White shot 75 to capture medalist honors. Jenkins No. 1 golfer Heather Burgner, the Eagles' lone state qualifier last year, fell off her usual game (low 70s) by shooting 8.
"We hope to get the whole team through to the state tournament next week at the regionals," Jenkins coach David Joyner said. "Although many individuals have qualified for the state meet over the years, no Polk County girls team has qualified."
"The team average has been 80 all year and if we shoot that at the regional meet, we could make it to state. Today, we had too many 3-putts. We will have to work on that next Monday."
In addition to the top four teams, the top four players not on the qualifying teams also advanced. Hillsborough County golfers claimed all four spots: Plant City's Karen Barbee (103), Bloomingdale's Chelsea Richard (105) and Lindsay Anderson (105) and Brandon's Lauren Pulido (105).