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Saddlebrook romps at region tourney

The Spartans qualify for the state tournament with a 50-stroke victory over Trinity Prep.

By ROBERT PINCUS

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 1, 2000


EUSTIS -- Defending Class A state champion Saddlebrook easily won the Class A, Region 3 tournament by 50 strokes over second-place Trinity Prep 302-252.

Both teams advanced to the state championship, where the Spartans will get the chance to defend their state title.

Saddlebrook's Kelly Froelich was the medalist with a 1-under-par 71 at the Pine Meadows Country Club.

Her teammate, Mariana DeBiase, won a playoff to finish second at 75. Froelich said she just went out and played her game but was actually disappointed in her overall play.

"My tee shot was just down the middle," Froelich said. "My putting was very bad today. I could have shot in the 60s if I was putting well today.

"I'm very excited about being the medalist here."

Saddlebrook coach Roberta Speer said she pleased with the effort of her four players. The other two scorers were Tori Davis (76) and Hana Young (80).

"It's comfortable for us," Speer said of the winning margin. "That's what I expect from the girls. They are good players.

"We were consistent at districts and consistent here. That's what pleases me."

Crystal River's Elizabeth Walling was the North Suncoast's top public school golfer, shooting 87 to finish eighth individually and help the Pirates to a third-place finish. Crystal River shot 395, the best finish for a public school.

Hernando's Allison Frazier shot 88 to finish ninth overall. Lecanto was fourth at 401, and Citrus was sixth at 421.

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