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Region high school golf tournaments

By GREG AUMAN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 3, 2002

FORMAT: Each regional has eight teams plus eight individuals, and the top two teams and the top two individuals (regardless of whether they're on the winning team) advance to the state tournament Nov. 12-13 at PGA Golf Village in Port St. Lucie.

2A-4 Boys

WHERE: Serenoa Golf Club, Sarasota.

WHEN: Monday.

WHO: Mitchell, Ridgewood, Land O'Lakes' Tanner Whitmill.

LAST YEAR: Ridgewood's Justin Schlau and Nick Smith qualified individually, as did Mitchell's Kyle Laux, but none of the three advanced to state.

MOVING ON?: Schlau earned district medalist honors, but his 75 was the highest score among 16 district winners. Bradenton Lakewood Ranch, which shot 311 to win District 8, is the team to beat, but the Mustangs' 318 tied them with Sarasota Riverview for second-lowest.

2A-4 Girls

WHERE: Heritage Oaks Golf Club, Sarasota.

WHEN: Monday.

WHO: Mitchell, River Ridge, Land O'Lakes' Mandy Yingling.

LAST YEAR: Mitchell edged River Ridge by three strokes to advance with Amanda Moore shooting 89 to lead four Mustangs at 95 or better. Heather Hagerman led River Ridge with 85, and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome took medalist honors with 70.

MOVING ON?: Mitchell's score of 378 won its district by 27 strokes, but it will be hard pressed to keep up with Sarasota Riverview (329) and Bradenton Lakeview Ranch (353). Lincicome is likely one of the two individuals to advance, but Moore and Hagerman have good chances.

A-3 Boys

WHERE: The Champions Club, Jacksonville.

WHO: Saddlebrook, Wesley Chapel's Stephen Seal and Cameron Knight, Zephyrhills' Jonathan Mine.

LAST YEAR: Led by medalist Martin Ureta's 71, Saddlebrook won, posting Class A's lowest team score by seven strokes. The Spartans had four players shoot 77 or better, and Seal shot 91 in his first region appearance.

MOVING ON?: Of 64 teams to qualify, Saddlebrook matched Orlando Lake Highland Prep for lowest score at 292. Only four schools scored under 300; one of those (St. Augustine Nease) is in the Spartans' region, so there's little room for error. Knight's 73 was the lowest district score of any Class A individual qualifier.

A-3 Girls

WHERE: Daytona Beach Golf Club, Daytona Beach.

WHO: Saddlebrook, Wesley Chapel's Hana Young, Pasco's Kim Turner, Zephyrhills' Sarah Johnson.

LAST YEAR: Saddlebrook won by 32 strokes, but Young missed the cut, finishing sixth after shooting 82. Saddlebrook's only returning player is senior Aya Tonegawa, who shot 86 last year.

MOVING ON?: St. Augustine Nease had Class A's lowest district team score, so Saddlebrook (334) must get past Daytona Beach Seabreeze (335) to earn one of the top two spots. Young and Hernando's Tara Allen had the two lowest scores of any Class A individual qualifier, but it may take another 75 and 73, respectively, to advance to state.

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