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Hurricanes end Lecanto's run

Citrus takes the county title, breaking up a 5-year stranglehold on the crown by the Panthers.

By RICHARD BURTON
Published October 7, 2005


BEVERLY HILLS - Citrus put an exclamation point on its perfect regular season.

The Hurricanes improved to 21-0 and placed five golfers among the top six in winning the Citrus County Activities Association Girls Golf Championship on Thursday at Twisted Oaks.

"I'm thrilled with the way the girls played," Citrus coach Michelle Connor said. "They really went out and gave it their best."

Citrus' Briana Carlson earned medalist honors with a round of 76, 10 strokes better than Lecanto's Carly Lewis.

Carlson shot 39 on the front nine, then pulled away with a 37 on the back.

"It feels great to win," Carlson said. "I played pretty solid all day."

Carlson's effort helped Citrus finish with an aggregate score of 346, 38 shots better than Lecanto (5-4), which had either won or tied for the county title in each of the past five years.

"It's just been fun the entire time," Carlson said. "We all play pretty close and it has been nice to go out, shoot and win every time."

The Hurricanes held an 11-stroke lead after nine holes and dominated on the back nine.

"I was concerned because the girls hadn't played an 18-hole match this season," Michelle Connor said. "But these girls work hard and never quit and have done just an outstanding job."

Following Carlson and Lewis in earning all-conference honors were Citrus's Christine Bang, Ashton Connor, Jordan Connor and Lauren Bomke, along with Lecanto's Kari Amundson.

"Citrus came out and played real well," Panthers coach Doug Warren said. "I think our girls can play potentially better, but Carly came through for us."

Crystal River (7-8) was led by Andrea Adams' 93. The Pirates finished with a team score of 443.