HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS -- Carly Goldstein of Coral Glades definitely knew she had become a state golf champion Wednesday when she made her final putt. Meanwhile, Jorge Garcia of American Heritage made his final putt and had no idea whether he was or wasn’t a state champion.
It turned out Garcia was, too, and those two individual titles plus a third one, a team championship by American Heritage, made Broward County the focal point of state high school golf on Wednesday.
Goldstein, who will become an LSU Tiger next year, was moving along nicely and steadily in her round with 11 consecutive pars, but there was one problem. She trailed Paige Lyle of Orlando Timber Creek by one stroke in the Class 2A championship at Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake.
Time to put on the game face, and that’s exactly what Goldstein did.
“I felt like I needed to turn up the heat,” Goldstein said.
Turn it up as in create an inferno.
“On No. 12, I made a nice birdie,” she said. “Then on No. 15, I sank a 20-foot putt for birdie. And on 16, I made a 40- to 45-foot putt for birdie.”
By the end of the windy day, Goldstein had the state title in hand, winning by four strokes over Lyle with a nifty 3-under-par 69 after an opening-round 71 on Tuesday for a 4-under 140 total.
Garcia, a 10th-grader, had no idea where he stood in the standings as he finished with a 73-76 for a 5-over 149 total at Mission Inn Resort & Club. People had told him he had won, but he seemed a bit disbelieving, only saying, “I think I won,” as he stood in front of the scoreboard waiting for his two-shot victory to become official.
Asked which was more important, the individual title or the team title, Garcia did not hesitate: “I’ll take the team.” But then he smiled and added, “But, thank goodness, I get to take both of them.”
He has plans for the individual state title medallion, saying, “I’m going to give it to my Mom and Dad.”
Heritage ran away with the boys’ 1A team title by a more-than-comfortable 27 strokes. The scores in addition to Garcia’s were Robert Geibel’s 75-76 — 151, Kristian Caparros’ 74-80 — 154, Matthew Mourin’s 82-74 — 156 and Tyler Strafaci’s 85-75 — 160.
American Heritage could not pull off the state title sweep as the girls’ team, led by Claudia De Antonio’s 75-76, finished in second place at 613, five strokes behind champion Windermere Prep. In girls’ 2A, Cypress Bay of Broward was second and St. Thomas Aquinas tied for sixth; in boys’ 2A, Cypress Bay tied for 13th, and in boys’ 1A Cardinal Gibbons finished tied for eighth.
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• Region 4-7A quarterfinal — Monarch d. South Broward 25-2 0, 24-26, 23-25, 25-23, 15-10: In a contest that went neck-and-neck throughout, Monarch prevailed in the battle of the net in the deciding fifth set.
The Knights (17-3) will make the school’s first appearance in the second round of regional play when they face St. Thomas Aquinas, which swept Blanche Ely on Wednesday to advance.
“Toward the end, it was Rachel Prock and Saybre Davis that provided the big plays at the net,” Knights coach Walt Drexl said after watching his team fight back from 2-1 down.
With the match on the line late in the deciding set, Monarch finished off the Bulldogs (11-10) by winning the last three points, including the match-clinching team-blocking of Prock and Davis off a South Broward spike to draw a celebration on the home court.
Tara Brannen led the Knights with 19 kills, and Davis added 10. Madison Mihok had 20 assists and three aces from the serving line. Kimone Ritchie had five blocks.
Katie Keane led South Broward with 11 kills and five aces.
• Region 4-5A quarterfinal — Pompano Beach d. Riviera Beach Suncoast 25-11, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19 :Pompano Beach beat Riviera Beach Suncoast to advance to the Region 4-5A semifinals and will host Jensen Beach on Tuesday.
The Golden Tornadoes (18-6) lost to Jensen Beach at this point last season, but that came in concert with Pompano Beach’s top player, Savannah Davis, breaking her leg in that game.
Coach Billy Strachan is looking for a different result when they meet again next week.
“The games were still close. We just have to go out and play our game and be solid fundamentally,” Strachan said.
Pompano Beach easily cruised in the first game. It jumped out to a 6-1 lead and ran off 12 of 14 points to take control. The second set was a bit more difficult as Suncoast battled a bit, but a big block by Paige Alsten gave the Golden Tornadoes a 24-22 lead after a long rally back and forth.
Davis led Pompano Beach with 19 kills, 14 digs and 13 service points. Alsten had 15 kills and 13 blocks and Casey Calhoun had 42 assists.
• Region 4-3A quarterfinal – Calvary Christian d. American Heritage-Delray 25-22, 21-25, 25-17, 25-17: Led by junior Lindsay Foreman and senior Annie Harley, host Calvary Christian advanced to the regional semifinals.
American Heritage (19-7) tested the Eagles throughout the first set. Calvary (18-7) held a 20-15 lead when the Stallions went on a 5-1 run to cut the deficit to 21-20. Hannah Schelle had two blocks and two kills in the run for the Stallions. After the Eagles took a 23-22 lead, Foreman scored two of her 20 kills in the match to close out the set.
“We had a couple kids in new spots and were a little uneven tonight,” Calvary coach Dean Barboza said. “It took some toughness to fight through some uneven play.”
• Tuesday — Region 4-6A quarterfinal – Hollywood Hills d. Mater Academy, 25-23, 25-8, 25-21
• Tuesday — Region 4-2A quarterfinal – Sheridan Hills Christian d. Northwest Christian 25-6, 25-14, 25-7
• Tuesday — Region 4-2A quarterfinal – Greater Miami Academy d. Zion Lutheran, 25-12, 25-12, 25-15
Even losing a shoe and then running off the Mills Pond Park course couldn’t stop American Heritage eighth grader Daesha Rogers from thrusting her name back into the Class 2A cross-country state title picture.
Rogers shrugged off the distraction of losing her right shoe 50 meters into the District 14-2A race and then taking a wrong turn to knock off Pine Crest star freshman Julia Montgomery, the No. 1 seed in 2A, for the district title Wednesday morning.
“I missed the bus and didn’t have enough time to walk the course,” Rogers said. “Then my shoe fell off. After that, both Julia and I got lost on the course. We had to jump over a rope. I tried not to think about it and lose focus. I didn’t want the competition to end up flying past me.”
Ending all talk she would be rusty after missing most of the season, the long-striding Rogers out-sprinted Montgomery to win in a season-best 18:22, two seconds ahead of Montgomery (18:24).
District 14-2A. Girls’ individual results – 1. Daesha Rogers (AH) 18:22, 2. Montgomery (PC) 18:24, 3. Wurth (PC) 19:18, 4. Alexander (AH) 19:38, 5. Ortega (AH) 20:15, 6. Gornisiewicz (PC) 20:35, 7. Jovanovic (PC) 20:41, 8. Phillips (PC) 20:55, 9. Yared (PC) 21:16, 10. DiCintio (PB) 21:28, 11. J. Johnson (PB) 21:51, 12. Salazar (AH) 21:53, 13. Montague (PC) 22:03. Girls’ team scores: 1. Pine Crest 26, 2. American Heritage 36, 3. North Broward Prep 92, 4. Pompano Beach 95, 5. University School 142, 6. Chaminade 175, 7. Coral Springs Charter 199, 8. Somerset 204. Boys’ individual results – 1. Jonathan Klumpp (NBP) 16:38, 2. Nelson (US) 17:17, 3. Decker (PC) 17:22, 4. Hernandez (PC) 17:31, 5. Welch (PC) 17:35, 6. Hollander (CSC) 17:38, 7. Gonzalez (PC) 18:10, 8. Tushman (NCP) 18:20, 9. B. Williams (CM) 18:34, 10. Fisher (CM) 18:41, 11. Knezevich (PC)18:54, 12. Stone (US) 18:56, 13. Pope (PB) 19:00. Boys’ team scores: 1. Pine Crest 25, 2. North Broward Prep 58, 3. Coral Springs Charter 91, 4. Pompano Beach 92, 5. Chaminade 106, 6. American Heritage 139, 7. Somerset Academy 207.