CLEARWATER — Not much had changed in a calendar year for Freedom’s Terese Romeo heading into Monday’s Class 3A-Region 4 girls golf tournament.
Winning a region title last year at Countryside Country Club, Romeo matched that same feat by shooting an even-par 72 on the day and also helped lead her squad to the region title against rival Steinbrenner, which won the region crown last fall.
“It was a solid day,” Romeo said. “I made a couple bogeys and made a couple birdies and really played to my strengths. It was exciting on the 18th green waiting for our last girl to finish and know we won by four.”
Freedom and Steinbrenner advanced to state with low scores of 330 and 334, respectively. Other teams in the mix were Palm Harbor (386) and Plant (425).
The Patriots were aided by goods rounds from Maria Horvath (82), Megan Pollenz (76) and Emmely Orvalle (100), with the Warriors also receiving good performances from Alyssa Serino (80), Claire Becker (82), Brooke Deal (84) and Kelsey Holbert (88). The top two individuals moving onto states that were not on the top two teams were King’s Steffi Yo (75) and Countryside’s Madison Glennie (79), who won a one-hole playoff to move on vs. St. Petersburg’s Mariano Ocano (79).
3A-5: Patel makes good on promise
VENICE — Newsome junior Meghna Patel said after her third-place finish at last week’s district tournament she told her “boys” she’d be joining them in Lake County for the Class 3A state tournament in early November.
Earlier in the day, Patel’s boys — the Wolves boys golf team — did their part by reaching the state level as the region runner-up. And just five miles away at the girls Class 3A-Region 5 tournament at Capri Isles Golf Club, Patel made good on her promise by shooting a 78 (fifth overall) and reaching the state tournament as an individual qualifier.
“They’re my boys and they make it every year,” Patel said. “And this year I told them I’m coming along with you, one way or another.”
Plant City’s Kaylee McIntosh saw her round of 80 taken off the board and she was disqualified after signing a card that although read the right final score, had a different score on the 17th hole from her opponent keeping her card.
The disqualification proved costly as the Raiders would have qualified as the runner-up to Venice, but instead had to count a score of over 100 and ceded way to Sarasota Riverview as the runner-up.
2A-6: Holy Names, Martin dominate
AVON PARK — Academy of the Holy Names cruised past the competition in the Class 2A-Region 6 tournament at Highlands Ridge North.
Holy Names was led by Emmy Martin, who finished with a 67 for the day’s lowest score. The Jaguars finished with an overall score of 320.
Sebring, playing on its home course, finished second with a 346.
Robinson was sixth with a 443, while Armwood was last, tallying 486.
1A-5: Tampa Prep, Berkeley make states
OLDSMAR — A few nerves crept up, but the Tampa Prep girls kept enough of their cool to take the Class 1A-Region 5 title and earn a trip to the state tournament for the first time in seven years.
The Terrapins finished with a 385 total, nine shots ahead of runner-up Berkeley Prep at East Lake Woodlands Country Club.
Tampa Prep’s total, however, was almost 40 higher than its district total.
“We didn’t have much pressure last week at districts (because the Terps automatically qualified with the only full team),” Tampa Prep coach Richard Veghte said. “So I think they were a little more nervous today. I told them just go out and play your game and we’ll be fine. Once they settled down everything went well.”
Individually, Clearwater Central Catholic’s Emma Paschal won medalist honors with a 4-over-par 76 and Cambridge Christian’s Alison Armstrong earned the second individual state qualifying spot with 81 and a birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Northside’s Ryanne Jackson.
Tampa Prep was led by sixth-grader Lilly Berry, who finished with an 86.
Olivia Kresic was the next lowest Terp with a 92.