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Panthers, Bucs short of top 10 at halfway

Plant in Class 2A and Berkeley Prep in Class A struggle in Round 1 at the state tournament on a windy day.

Published November 12, 2003

PORT ST. LUCIE - Plant entered the Class 2A state tournament hoping to have fun, but not expecting to place too highly.

Still, when the Panthers struggled on the greens to finish Tuesday's round in 11th place, they felt it wasn't nearly enough.

"We missed so many putts, just so many putts," Plant coach Art Psillis said. "We're going to go practice right now ... chip, putt, chip, putt."

Mallory Parsons led the Panthers by shooting 82 on PGA Village's par-72 course. Cynthia LaCrosse followed with 83, Kelly Betts shot 87 and Kimberly Andreu 101.

"I thought the wind really played a factor," Parsons said. "Plus, the greens were really tricky."

Riverview senior Lindsey Bergeon had a strong first-round finish, shooting 77 in the 2A individual competition, tying for 13th overall.

Stuart Martin County led by a landslide with a score of 289, led by Christina Jones' 4-under 68. Three other Martin County golfers shot 76 or better in a competition where only the four best scores count for each team.

"They threw out a 79," Psillis said. "That's ridiculous. How do they do that?"

Psillis said he believes the Panthers will return today refreshed and ready to improve on Tuesday's performance.

Nudging into the top 10, though, will be a challenge.

"In my eight years coaching, I've seen such an incredible improvement in girls golf," Psillis said. "It's wonderful to see how far they've come."

In Class A, Berkeley Prep also struggled with the wind as the Bucs were 14th after shooting 415.

Dana Turker was the only Buc to break 100 (she shot 90) and Holly Campbell had the next-best score with 103. Sydney Ridley shot 104 and Merrin Jenkins 118.

Boca Raton St. Andrews shot 305 to lead the Class A girls.

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