Vogel enjoying experience at the Masters


Special to The Miami Herald

Former American Heritage Plantation golfer T.J. Vogel is one of six amateurs competing against the world’s best at this week’s Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.

The 22-year-old University of Florida senior qualified with a victory at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship last July, which is reserved for golfers who play on public — not private — courses.

“If you know T.J. and how hard he works and the time he gave to be a better golfer, I’ve never had a kid more deserving of winning the public tournament and getting a look at the Masters,” said Brandt Moser, his former high school coach. “He’s a tireless workhorse and sacrificed a great deal to get where he’s at.”

As a freshman at Southern California, Vogel earned NGCA Freshman All-American, NCAA West Region and All-Pac-10 first team honors as well as a nod as Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year. He transferred to UF his junior year.

Moser thinks Vogel may be either the first or second Broward County players to compete at the Masters. Vogel was once ranked the second-best prep golfer in the 2008-09 class.

On Sunday, he played a round with Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. His father Joe, Florida International’s women’s golf coach and a longtime PGA member, will be his caddy.

Earlier this week Vogel tweeted: “#Masters time! Dream come true. thanks to all my family and friends, wouldn’t have been possible without your support. #blessed #bigdreams.”

“Getting in the Masters is the Holy Grail of golf,” Moser said. “It’s very hard to earn your way into the Masters, especially as an amateur. It’s a pretty special opportunity.”


The biggest makeover for North Broward star hurdler and Abercrombie and Fitch model Kayla Burke has taken place on the track with a new take-charge mentality.

A season removed from overthinking her steps between the hurdles and how the competition was faring beside her, a supremely confident Burke will be in attack mode at the District 14-2A championships at Coral Springs High School on Thursday.

“When running the hurdles, you can’t be friendly with them,’’ Burke said. “I used to have a slow momentum going over them. Just to run and jump. Now its straight aggression. If I hit a hurdle, oh well it is going to break. I have just gained an anger and adrenaline rush in the hurdles I didn’t have before.”

Burke, who is ranked No. 3 in Class 2A in the 100 hurdles (14.74) and No. 2 in the 300 hurdles (44.68), will need all the aggression she can summon against a longtime adversary in American Heritage’s Khadeeja Dooling, who is ranked No. 2 in the 100 (14.60) and No. 1 in the 300 hurdles (44.31).

Districts marks an intriguing three-week run between the rivals that should culminate at the Class 2A state finals on April 27 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Burke is seeking her fourth state appearance but first in the 100 hurdles, her favorite event, following a series of heartbreaks. As a sophomore, Burke missed out on a qualifying state berth by one-tenth of a second, and last season she was disqualified at the Region 4-2A championships for wearing jewelry.

Marlon Malcolm, Burke’s personal coach, said the bitter disappointment of not qualifying in the 100 hurdles provided the impetus for Burke’s transformation from “the hunted” to “the hunter.”

“Last year when Kayla was in a race situation she started to think of people around her instead of focusing on her race,” Malcolm said. “This season she is much more comfortable in her training and in her competition.

“She has gotten faster and stronger and that has allowed her to be more aggressive, and take charge, without the fear of making the wrong step or the wrong stride.”





WP: Danny Melgarejo (1-2). Top performers: Cody Fuchs 2-3, double, triple, 3 RBI. Derick Garcia 2-3, double, 3 RBI



WP: Julian Stark (4-1). LP: Clay Patten. Top performers: Justin Ziegelasch 3-3, 5 RBI, double. Gio Soto 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, double. Iggy Pigna 2-3, run, RBI. PT 11-9.




WP: Divis (7-3). LP: Lamb. Top performer: Megan Obier 3-4, 2 doubles, 3 RBI. WB 10-6


WP: McCabe (15-4). LP: Romanik (9-7). Top performers: Castanaza 1-1, single. Mika Sheerin 3-3, 2 doubles, HR, grand slam, 6 RBI. CHA 16-5



WP: Kaylyn Kirk (15-2). Top performers: Madison Mihok 2-2, 3 runs, HR. Brooke Hale 2-3, run, RBI. MON 15-3


•  American d. Mater Lakes 25-16, 20-25, 20-25, 25-15, 15-10: Christopher Fernandez ace, 7 kills, 4 digs. Humberto Carrion ace, 6 kills, 3 blocks. Malik Martin 5 kills 3 blocks

•  Archbishop McCarthy d. Cooper City 13-25, 19-25, 25-12, 30-28, 15-5: Luis Vazques 15 service points, 3 aces, 30 digs. Nick Covone 9 kills, 3 blocks. Brandon Duren 8 kills, 3 blocks. AM 12-6

•  Chaminade-Madonna d. McArthur 25-16, 25-14, 23-25, 25-18: Dan Callahan 12 kills, 4 blocks, 12 service points, 4 aces. Victor Zamudio 13 kills, 11 digs, 7 service points, 2 aces. Jorge Seoane 14 digs, 7 service points, 3 aces. CM 15-4


•  Westminster Academy 21, Douglas 1: Mary Elizabeth Mahoney 2 goals. Emily Stevenson 10 saves. Alexis Silling goal. WA 16-1


•  Westminster Academy 20, Douglas 10: Will Scasserra 2 goals. Henry Kluger 5 saves. Miago Pereira 2 goals. WA 6-11

•  Late Tuesday — Cooper City 14, Northeast 7: Sam Culver 14 saves. Brandon Bogumill 5 goals. Taylor Stewart 4 goals.


•  Late Tuesday — Inter-district match — Killian 13, University School/Ft Lauderdale 7: Sade Allen 4 goals, 5 ground balls. Nicholle Galletti 2 goals, 3 assists, 6 ground balls. Tatiana Martinez 2 goals. Rachel Mincey 6 saves


•  American Heritage 13, South Plantation 7: Tristan Payne 4 goals. Jarett Alfero 4 goals. Luis Gomez 3 goals.



Somerset Academy vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Home), 4

Dunwoody vs. Cooper City (Home), 6:30

Piper vs. Taravella (TAR), 6:30


McArthur vs. Western (WES), 6:30

Northeast vs. Taravella (TAR), 6:30

Boyd Anderson vs. Stranahan (STR), 4

Miramar vs. Pompano Beach (Four Fields), 6:30

Plantation vs. Flanagan (FLA), 6:30

Hollywood Hills vs. Everglades (EVR), 6:30

Cypress Bay vs. Douglas (Home), 4

Fort Lauderdale vs. Coral Springs (Home), 6:30

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Cooper City (CC), 6:30

Nova vs. Coconut Creek (CC), 4


District 14-2A at Coral Springs: 3

District 15-1A at Westminster Academy: 1


Class 4A regional final: Cypress Bay at Douglas, 3

Class 2A regional final: American Heritage at Riviera Beach Suncoast, 3

Class 1A regional final: Sagemont at Boca St. Andrews, 10 a.m.


Class 4A regional final: Cypress Bay at Douglas, 3

Class 3A regional final at Halpatiokee Park in Stuart: Fort Lauderdale at Jensen Beach, 3

Class 2A regional final: American Heritage at Pine Crest, 3


W Broward vs. American Heritage (AHP), 4:30

Western vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Home), 4:30

Cooper City vs. University School (US), 4:30

Coral Glades vs. Zion Lutheran (Home), 6

Nova vs. Cypress Bay (Home), 4:30

Plantation vs. Pine Crest (Home), 4:30

Douglas vs. Pompano Beach (PB), 4:30

Western vs. South Plantation (SP), 4:30

Coconut Creek vs. Taravella (TAR), 4:30


South Broward vs. Deerfield Beach (DB), 7:30

Westminster Academy vs. Hollywood Hills (DB), 5:30

Western vs. Cooper City (Nova), 7:30

Flanagan vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Nova), 5:30


South Broward vs. Deerfield Beach (DB), 6:30

Westminster Academy vs. Hollywood Hills (DB), 4:30

Flanagan vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Nova), 4:30

Western vs. Cooper City (Nova), 6:30


Dillard vs. Boyd Anderson (BA), 4:30

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Coral Glades (CGL), 6

Flanagan vs. Everglades (EVR), 4:30

Taravella vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 4:30

Cooper City vs. Hallandale (HAL), 4:30

West Broward vs. Hollywood Hills (Home), 4:30

Pompano Beach vs. Nova (Home), 4:30

Miramar vs. Piper (Home), 4:30

South Plantation vs. Stranahan (STR), 4:30

Coconut Creek vs. Western (WES), 4:30


South Plantation vs. Cooper City (CC), 5

Cypress Bay vs. Gulliver Prep (GUL), 5

West Broward vs. Douglas (DOU), 5

Pines Charter vs. Flanagan (FLA), 5


South Plantation vs. Cooper City (CC), 5

West Broward vs. Douglas (DOU), 5

Pines Charter vs. Flanagan (FLA), 5

Plantation vs. Taravella (TAR), 4

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