With freshman Daniel “GQ” Gonzalez-Quevedo and senior Kaitlin Coyle topping their respective leaderboards, Archbishop McCarthy won District 23-1A in both boys’ and girls’ play Tuesday at Grand Palms Country Club.
The girls’ team shot a season-low 356, winning the district automatically as the only school to play enough golfers to register a team score. The boys carded a 315, which bested runner-up Chaminade by 68 strokes.
The Mavericks have now reached regionals five consecutive years in boys’ play, and the girls have achieved the feat six of the past eight seasons.
Gonzalez-Quevedo, who shot a 3-over-par 74, became the first freshman to win this district’s individual title in the past 10 years.
“I was motivated,” Gonzalez-Quevedo said. “I just wanted to do well for my team. My coach really wanted to see a good score, and I just shot it.”
Gonzalez-Quevedo said he practiced poorly at Grand Palms, Archbishop McCarthy’s home course, on Monday, so his father rushed over and helped him put in extra work after practice.
The benefits of the extra swings were evident Tuesday.
Gonzalez-Quevedo attributes a lot of his success to his dad, who introduced him to golf at the age of 8 when the family lived in Ecuador.
“He takes me to all the tournaments,” Gonzalez-Quevedo said. “We go crazy. We go all the way up to Georgia and play in tournaments. It’s all because of him. No one else can drive me.”
Coyle, with a 78 on Tuesday, defended her individual district title from last year.
“I just hit my ball really well, pretty straight,” she said. “It was just a good day.”
Coyle was 1-under through six holes but double-bogeyed two of the final three holes on the front nine. The way she responded on the back nine lifted her to top the leaderboard by four strokes.
“I really had to concentrate and say, ‘It’s OK. Don’t worry — just had a bad hole. It’s fine; you’ll get it back,’ ’’ Coyle said.
Chaminade’s Emma Persinger, the only non-Maverick to participate in the girls’ district final, advanced individually to regionals with an 87.
On the boys’ side, Chaminade (383) and Miami Country Day (408) advanced to regionals as teams, and Hillel’s Elon Rubin and Sonny Perez, plus Hebrew Academy’s Isaac Schechter, move on individually.
The Region 8-1A finals will be played at Grand Palms on Tuesday Oct. 23.
• Boys’ Results — Archbishop McCarthy 315, Chaminade 383, Miami Country Day 408, Hebrew Academy 489 (at Grand Palms CC par 71): Daniel Gonzalez-Quevedo (AMC) 74, Dough Schoeller (CHAM) 76, Tyler St. Philip (AMC) 77, Aidan Alvarez (AMC) 80, Jeremy Chaiser (AMC) 84, Eric Suarez (AMC) 84, Elon Rubin (HIL) 86, Sonny Perez (HIL) 98, Sergio Escalante (CHAM) 98, Isaac Schechter (HEB) 100, Mateo Moscucci (MCD) 100.
• Girls’ Results — Archbishop McCarthy 356, Chaminade (inc.) (at Grand Palms CC par 71): Kaitlin Coyle (AMC) 78, Lauren Carver (AMC) 83, Emma Persinger (CHA) 87, Gabriella Sammarco (AMC) 96, Gabriella Rincon (AMC) 99, Christina Wells (AMC) 100.