The Mustang girls outdistance Tampa Prep by 42 shots to earn the Bay Conference tournament championship at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club.
By JEFF BERLINICKE
Published October 13, 2004
No girls golf team from Pinellas County has won a state championship, but Northside Christian is staking its claim.
The Mustangs rolled to a win in Tuesday's Bay Conference tournament at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, outdistancing Tampa Prep by 42 strokes. Junior Danielle Jackson shot 73 to claim medal honors, three shots better than teammate Dakoda Doud.
Northside Christian coach D.J. Jackson said it helped that he has six players capable of shooting in the 70s. Five did on Tuesday.
"What makes us so good is that we have so many players who can shoot in the 70s at any given time," Jackson said. "We've had three of the best players in the county since 2001. This is a special team with a lot of special players and we're teeing it up every time out with six players who can score for us."
Danielle Jackson, a junior, showed the way.
"She is our leader, and she goes out and just takes care of business, just like she did today," said D.J. Jackson, also her father.
Whitney Winglasz (77), Soffie Dembroski (78), and Morgan Jackson (80) rounded out Northside Christian's top five.
Alexandra Irish kept Tampa Prep in the match, shooting 77 to tie Winglasz for third.
Doud's 76 was impressive considering that she's 11 years and in sixth grade.
"By the time she's done, she'll be the best player in the county," D.J. Jackson said. "I'm just lucky to have her."
In the boys division, Tampa Prep edged Berkeley Prep 304-307 as five teams were bunched within 37 strokes. Zack Walker of Bradenton Christian won with 72, edging Berkeley Prep's Sam Rosati by a shot.
Walker and Rosati played together and were tied going into the 11th hole, a long par-5. Walker eagled it to go ahead for good.
Matt Hebert (76), Jack Watters (74), Dan Dumala (77), Davis Miller (77), and Dale Miller (78) rounded out the Tampa Prep team.