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Chapman holds up, wins individual title

Published October 20, 2004

LAND O'LAKES - For the first time, Seminole freshman Meghan Chapman teed off with the first quartet of golfers at a tournament this season.

That meant there was pressure.

Chapman assumed the role as the Warhawks' No. 1 golfer at the Class 2A, District 8 tournament. That was the role previously occupied by Brittany Lincicome, a two-time state champion who graduated last spring and is now attempting to qualify for the LPGA tour.

Though it was a tough act to follow, Chapman did well, shooting 68 to win individual honors.

"I thought my score was okay," Chapman said. "I wasn't too nervous out there."

Chapman shot 31 on the front nine and was on pace for par. She slowed on the back, due largely to an asthma attack that started on the 15th hole.

Chapman's score wasn't enough to help Seminole defend its team title. Mitchell won its second championship in three years, beating the Warhawks 330-332.

Seminole and Palm Harbor U. shot 332, setting up a sudden-death playoff on the first hole for a four-on-four tiebreaker.

After being issued a one-stroke penalty for hitting her approach into the water, the Warhawks' No.4 golfer, Julie Larsen, redeemed herself by hitting a 70-yard shot to save par and break the tie.

East Lake (383) was the other team that qualified for next week's region. Pinellas Park's Amber Pederson (70) and Largo's Evan Jensen (70) and Andrea Messer (72) were among the four individuals outside the top four teams to qualify for regions.

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