The American Heritage girls’ golf team dominated in the Region 8-2A golf tournament at Lago Mar Country Club in Plantation on Monday morning.
American Heritage placed first with a 290 total, followed by Archbishop McCarthy (316) and Pine Crest (339). Marissa Messana was medalist with a 70 for the Patriots, and teammate Andreina Merchan shot a 71. Pine Crest’s Samantha Haubnstock also shot a 71.
• American Heritage 290, Archbishop McCarthy 316, Pine Crest 339, Lincoln Park 339, Jensen Beach 363, North Broward Prep 376: Marisa Messana (AH) 70, Samantha Haubnstock (PC) 71, Andreina Merchan (AH) 71, Claudia De Antonio (AH) 73, Alicia Cappellaro (LS) 73, Abby Huber (LP) 74, Claire Fitzgerald (NBP) 75, Jamie Freedman (AH) 76, Alejandra Merchan (AH) 76, Emily Faulkner (JB) 76.
• American Heritage School 292, Archbishop McCarthy 301 Pine Crest 308, Jensen Beach 309, Gulliver Prep 315, Cardinal Gibbons 324: Sam Madsen (CG) 71, Jorge Garcia (AH) 72, Evan Deroche (KW) 72, Kristian Caparros (AH) 73, Leo Coll (AH) 73, Ryan Stenmark (MCA) 73,Womat Phuangmarayat (JB) 73, Matt Mourin (AH) 74, Steven Chervony (PC) 74, Braden Donayre (GP) 74.
Region 8-3A golf
One week after being upset by Miami Springs in their district tournament, which ended a decade-long hold on the title, the Columbus Explorers golf team was determined to make amends Monday afternoon.
And it did in impressive fashion. Competing in the Region 8-3A tournament at Hillcrest Country Club in Hollywood, the Explorers, led by junior Julio Betancourt, came in with a 295 team score, seven shots better than second-place Cypress Bay.
Both teams will advance to the state tournament at Mission Hills Golf Club in Tavares on Nov. 5-6.
“Yeah, maybe that got their attention a little last week [placing second to Springs], and as competitors it can fuel you. But I was really proud of the kids they way they responded [Monday],” Columbus coach Mike Marinelli said. “You always want to be playing your best golf when it counts the most, and that’s what we did out there [Monday].”
Betancourt, who shot a disappointing 76 in districts last week, proved to be the catalyst by recording a 1-under-par 71 to take medalist honors. Rafael Martinez (74), Juan Yumar (75) and Eddie Martinez (75) rounded out the Columbus scoring.
“I got off to a great start with birdies at two and three and just grinded it out the rest of the way,” Betancourt said. “My wedges were really working [Monday], and I was really stuffing some shots in tight.
“It feels great to be going back to state. It was cold and windy last year, and we didn’t play very well, so hopefully the weather will be better.”
The real drama unfolded in the battle for second place and the other state berth.
Miami Springs’ players came in early with a 304 and thought they had a spot secured. But Cypress Bay scores came in soon after and it was close. Even though he didn’t know it on the fairway, Cypress Bay junior Manuel Kent’s team was one shot ahead of Springs, and he needed to par the final hole.
He did one better. Kent stuck a 9-iron from 130 yards out into the wind to an island green eight feet from the cup and sank the put for a birdie, sending his team to state for the second year in a row.