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Mitchell notches 51 straight wins

MIKE TOMPKINS
Published October 7, 2004

ZEPHYRHILLS - Entering their golf matches with Pasco and Zephyrhills, the Mitchell girls had won 49 consecutive matches. Perhaps they never expected No. 50 to come so easily.

The Mustangs gained wins No. 50 and 51 Wednesday at Hidden Creek Golf Club. Pasco was without two golfers, forfeiting the first match.

Mitchell shot a school record in defeating Zephyrhills 138-155, eclipsing the mark of 144. The score was well below their 156.4 average. Mitchell ran its record to 9-0 on the season, with Zephyrhills 6-6 and Pasco 2-4.

"I'm very content with how we played," Mitchell coach Ray Cisbani. "Our scores are increasingly decreasing, and we are in a better position at this point then we were last year."

Mitchell's top-four girls all shot in the mid-to-low 30s, led by No. 3 Samantha Chu with 33, and No. 1 Ashley Aguilera, who shot 34.

Chu was surprised by how well she played.

"I've never beaten Ashley before," Chu said.

Zephyrhills' Sarah Johnson also shot 33. She and Aguilera were tied entering the ninth hole, but a birdie by Johnson and par by Aguilera determined the outcome.

"She beat me earlier in the year by a couple of strokes," Johnson said. "This is pretty cool."

Aguilera wasn't too upset, preferring the team victory.

"I'm not exactly too happy with the way I played, but I'm happy with the team, so the individual outcome doesn't really affect me," she said. "I'll worry more about that at conference and districts."

Zephyrhills' No. 2 Justina Merizalde defeated Mitchell's No. 2, Carolyn Salerno, 34-35, which pleased Bulldogs coach Rich Green.

"This is our second-best golf of the year (153 against River Ridge)," Green said.

"I'm tickled to death. You can't expect to beat Mitchell. Obviously, they're the top of the class."

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