Boys’ Golf | Youth Fair Invitational

Quartet goes low as Gulliver gets Youth Fair Invitational win

 

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With four players shooting 74 or better, the Raiders won the Youth Fair Invitational at Palmetto Golf Course for the first time in five years.

Thanks to four golfers who finished in the top 10, the Gulliver Prep boys’ team captured the Youth Fair Invitational for the first time in five years Tuesday at Palmetto Golf Course.

“I think the guys rose to the occasion [Tuesday],” coach Steve Solomon said. “[Our 289] score is low, even for us. We had two guys shoot 71, one 73 and then Mike Lefkowitz’s 74. That’s what really put us at that 289 number.”

The team championship went to Columbus last season despite two Raiders — Anthony Infante and Ray Boone — finishing first and second individually. The Explorers placed second Tuesday, five behind Gulliver.

Three of the five Raiders are seniors this year. Infante is in his fifth season with varsity, and Boone is in his fourth.

“Last year, those two finished first and second in the Youth Fair, but we didn’t win the team tournament,” Solomon said. “This is as sweet as it gets.”

Solomon hopes the team’s experience will help it advance in Class 1A. Key West beat the Raiders in District 23 last year by four strokes.

“We’re going to take it step-by-step,” Solomon said. “We have districts, got to get out of regionals and we hope to get to the state tournament.”

Columbus sophomore Julio Betancourt shot a 69 for a two-stroke victory over Boone and Freddy Daunert for the individual title.

“It feels good to win,” Betancourt said. “I played really good my freshman year, and I finally won this year. I just made a whole bunch of putts. Every birdie chance I had on the front nine I made, so that’s good. Just grinding it out.”

Palmetto — the lone Miami school to reach the state tournament last season — finished fourth.

RESULTS

Team Scores: 1. Gulliver — 289; 2. Columbus — 294; 3. Coral Reef — 305; 4. Palmetto — 306; 5. Belen — 314; 6. Miami Springs — 326; 7. Coral Gables — 336; 8. TERRA — 338; 9. Ransom — 347; 10. Palmer Trinity — 352; 11. Killian — 381; 12. Westminster — 382; 13. Sunset — 480.

Individuals: 1. Julio Betancourt, COL, 69; 2. Ray Boone, GP, 71; 3. Freddy Daunert, GP, 71; 4. Rafa Martinez, COL, 73; 5. Anthony Infante, GP, 73; 6. Mike Lefkowitz, GP, 74; 7. Zach Granoff, CR, 74; 8. Pat Perez, MS, 74; 9. Eddie Martinez, COL, 75; 10. Mike Carter, MP, 75; 11. Conor Creighton, CR, 75; 12. Kevin Fertel, TERRA, 76; 13. Braden Donayre, GP, 76; 14. Russ Mercer, MP, 76; 15. Julio Corona, CR, 76; 16. David Castano, MP, 77; 17. Juan Yumar, COL, 77; 18. Guillermo Saade, BJ, 77; 19. Kristian Llastre, BJ, 78; 20. Tomas Nieves, CG, 78.

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