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Broward golf squads could be dominant this year


Some Broward schools have the potential to add hardware to their trophy cases this year.

St. Thomas Aquinas sophomore Matthew Galluzzo lines up his putt at the American Heritage Golf Tournament at the Lago Mar Country Club in Plantation on Aug. 27, 2013.
St. Thomas Aquinas sophomore Matthew Galluzzo lines up his putt at the American Heritage Golf Tournament at the Lago Mar Country Club in Plantation on Aug. 27, 2013.
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Tuesday: Westminster Christian Invitational; American Heritage boys’ invitational

Thursday: Lady Maverick Invitational at Jacaranda

Sept. 13-14: Carrollton Invitational

Oct. 14-15: Districts

Oct. 21-22: Regionals

Oct. 29-30: Class 2A-1A state meet

Nov. 5-6: Class 3A state meet at Howey-in-the-Hills


Jorge Garcia, American Heritage, Jr.

Kristian Caparros, American Heritage, Jr.

Sam Madsen, Cardinal Gibbons, Sr.

Matthew Mourin, American Heritage, Jr.

Jordan Gumberg, University, Sr.

Alec Herzfield, Douglas, Sr.

Jonah Wasserstrom, University, Sr.

Tyler Strafaci, American Heritage, So.

Steven Chervony, Pine Crest


Claudia DeAntonio, American Heritage, Sr.

Marisa Messana, American Heritage, Sr.

Jamie Freedman, American Heritage, Sr.

Alejandra Merchan, American Heritage, So.

Andreina Merchan, American Heritage, Jr.

Sam Haubenstock, Pine Crest, So.

Valentina Haupt, Cypress Bay, Jr.

Macarena Haupt, Cypress Bay, Sr.


AMERICAN HERITAGE (Coach Brandt Moser, 19th year, 250-58). Last year: 25-0 (State champions). Top golfers: Jorge Garcia, Jr.; Kristian Caparros, Jr.; Matthew Mourin, Jr.; Ty Strafaci, So.

ARCHBISHOP McCARTHY (Coach Carl Phillips, 11th year, 208-85-1). Last year: 24-6. Top golfers: Daniel Gonzalez-Quevedo, So.; Jeremy Chaiser, Jr.; Isaiah Morel, Sr.

CARDINAL GIBBONS Top golfers: Sam Madsen, Sr.

DOUGLAS Top golfers: Matt Newman; Dan Whelan; Alec Herzfield.

UNIVERSITY SCHOOL (Coach Andy Gumberg, 5th year, 48-12). Last year: 15-3. Top golfers: Jordan Gumberg, Sr.; Jonah Wasserstrom, Sr.; Blake Maier, Jr.; Sam Bennett, Fr.

WESTMINSTER ACADEMY (Coach Jack Floyd). Last year: N/A. Top golfers: Steven Lamay, Sr.


AMERICAN HERITAGE (Coach Linda Sibio). Last year: 25-2 (State runner-up). Top golfers: Marisa Messana, Sr.; Claudia DeAntonio, Sr.; Jamie Freedman, Sr.; Alejandra Merchan, Sr.; Andreina Merchan, Jr.; Lorena DeAntonio.

ARCHBISHOP MCCARTHY (Coach Carl Phillips, 10th year at AM, 11th overall, 208-85-1). Last year: 30-10. Top golfers: Lauren Carver, Sr.; Georgette Garcia, Fr.; Katie Williamson, So.; Katya Barahona, Fr.

CALVARY CHRISTIAN (Coach Mylene Forget). Last year: N/A. Top golfers: Sami Kerigan, 8th; Kaitlyn Leta, Jr.; Gwen Rustin, 7th; Kyara Keith, Fr.

CYPRESS BAY Top golfers: Valentina Haupt, So.; Macarena Haupt, Sr.

PINE CREST Top golfer: Sam Haubenstock, So.

Broward County had a banner season in golf in 2012 with two individuals and a team winning state championships.

Can they top it this season?

The Florida High School Athletic Association expanded golf to three classes this season creating the potential for its strongest program to potentially secure a pair of titles.

American Heritage’s girls bring back their entire squad that finished second in Class 1A last season. The Patriots were moved up to Class 2A this season, however, likely giving them a stronger chance at bringing home gold.

American Heritage’s boys are coming off their first state championship.

“The lineup is strong from top to bottom with everyone back and it should be more of a level playing field with us in Class 2A,” American Heritage boys coach Brandt Moser said.

The girls are led by Marisa Messana, a senior who recently committed to Clemson University. Messana will lead that program in its first season.

Also back is senior Claudia DeAntonio, who finished fifth at state last year, and senior Jamie Freedman, a regional champion. Sisters Alejandra Merchan, a sophomore, and Andreina Merchan, a junior, are also back and both were among the state’s best in 2012.

DeAntonio’s sister, Lorena, is also a rising standout on the team along with Gabriela Ferre.

Cypress Bay figures to contend once again in Class 3A among Broward’s top public schools.

The Lightning returns junior Valentina Haupt, one of the top returning golfers in the county in her class.


On the boys’ side, Heritage brings back its core three players led by junior Jorge Garcia — the state Class 1A individual champion last year.

Junior Matt Mourin finished second at the American Heritage Invitational on Tuesday and is joined by junior Kristian Caparros, a regional champion last year.

Among the other top individuals returning in Broward is a duo from Davie University School. Jordan Gumberg and Jonah Wasserstrom are two of the county’s top seniors.

Douglas also returns a talented squad led by Alec Herzfield, Matt Newman and Dan Whelan that should be among the best among Class 3A Broward teams.

Cardinal Gibbons senior Sam Madsen is also among the top returning individual golfers in Broward.

The state tournament will be played between Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 5-6.

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