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Teams to watch

Mitchell: With eight players returning from last year’s sixth-place finisher in Class 2A, coach Rick Hyatt’s Mustangs are primed to repeat an undefeated regular season.

Saddlebrook: After finishing tied for fourth in Class 1A, the Spartans return four of their top five starters and are also primed to make another push for a state title. Led by mostly underclassmen, Saddlebrook should have a clear path through district and regions.

Wiregrass Ranch: With seven seniors on the squad, the Bulls return experience and leadership they’ll need to compete in the deep Class 3A-District 10 with the likes of King, Freedom and then Plant and Gaither in regions.

Land O’ Lakes/Sunlake/Wesley Chapel: The Gators, Seahawks and Wildcats are led by experienced golfers, which they’ll both need to hang with the deep and talent Jesuit squad that’s a perennial district title winner.

Players to watch

Donnie Gabrelcik, Sr., Mitchell: The Sunshine Athletic Conference Boys Golfer of the Year should be the Mustangs top golfer, but finished third on the team at states (163).

Anthony Swinford, Sr., Mitchell: Shot a second-day 77 at states to help the Mustangs to a sixth-place finish.

Mike Spinger, Jr., Mitchell: Was the Mustangs top golfer at states, shooting a two-day 158 (+14).

Jake Roberts, Sr., Sunlake: Finished tied 34th (+20) individually at the Class 2A state tourney.

Ryoto Furuya, Jr., Saddlebrook: Saddlebrook’s top player led the team with a 73-69-142 at the state tourney.

Lawrence Cai, Jr., Land O’ Lakes: Led the Gators with a 85 at districts.

Garrett Dixon, Sr., Pasco: The Pirates top returning golfer shot an 89 at districts.

Michael Stewart, River Ridge: Shot a team-best 77 at districts to secure the Royal Knights a regional berth.

Zach Lemmens, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Led the Wildcats with a 78 and a second-place finish at districts.

Stephen Pollock, Sr., Zephyrhills: Led the Bulldogs with a 79 at districts.

Ryan Gibson, Sr., Gulf: The Buccaneers top returning golfer shot an 82 at districts for a third-place team finish.

Ian Edwards, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Top returner for the Bulls; shot a 100 at districts in 2013.

Vijay Prasad, Jr., Academy at the Lakes: The Wildcats top returner shot an 87 at districts.


Teams to watch

Mitchell: The Mustangs qualified for the state tournament and finished 10th. Mitchell returns four of its five top golfers and is under the guidance of Scott Schmitz, once again.

Wiregrass Ranch: The Bulls, a region qualifier in 2013, return all their top golfers, including three seniors. Wiregrass faces stiff competition in Class 3A-District 10.

Land O’ Lakes: Following the team’s 15th-place finish at the Class 2A state tournament, the Gators return three of their top five golfers, plus bring in new talent.

Fivay: The Falcons return four of their top five golfers and should be favored to defend the Class 2A-District 13 title.

Players to watch

Kelly Harris, Jr., Sunlake: The Sunshine Athletic Conference Girls Golfer of the Year finished tied for 46th (+32) at the Class 2A individual state tourney.

Shyanne Dove, Jr., Mitchell: Shot a two-day 179, including a second-day 86, to lead the Mustangs to a 10th-place finish at states.

Lindsey Ritchey, Sr., Mitchell: Finished second on the team with a 184 at the 2A state tourney.

Mackenzie Bennett, Jr., Mitchell: Should be the team’s No. 3 golfer after shooting a 191 at the 2A state tourney.

Danielle Bahr, Sr., Zephyrhills: Vastly improved on the district champ Bulldogs, in which she contributed with a 101.

Casey Fenton, Fr., Bishop McLaughlin: A promising young player whose father is a former professional will have to step up in the absence of Brooke Dalton.

Remlee Horrigan, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Shot a team-best 93 to help the Bulls qualify for regions.

Dana Mumaw, So., Wesley Chapel: The Wildcats top returner shot a team-best 113 for a fourth-place finish at districts.

Lauren Mariano, Sr., Fivay: The Falcons top returner (103 at districts) takes over at the No. 1 spot to defend the team’s district title.

Estefania Guizar, So., Land O’ Lakes: The Gators top returner led the team with a two-day 200 and to a 15th-place finish at states.

Correspondent Mike Camunas covers prep golf in Pasco County. He can be reached at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @MikeCamunas.

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