They couldn’t secure the big trophy, but St. Thomas Aquinas didn’t walk away completely empty-handed from the Class 3A state golf meet Saturday.
The Raiders, who were seeking their first-ever state title in boys’ golf, finished fourth as a team.
But their future looks bright as sophomore Brett Roberts shot a four-over 76 to finish 146 overall and clinch the runner-up trophy.
Roberts finished a combined four strokes behind individual state champion Jonathan Yaun of Lake Minneola.
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Also for Aquinas, junior D.J. Francey finished tied for 20th. Palmetto senior Logan Bryant and Columbus senior Roberto Nieves were Dade’s highest boys’ finishers as they tied for 24th (156).
St. Thomas shot 318 as a team on the final day and came up seven strokes short of champion Naples Gulf Coast (615) after a two-day total of 622. The Raiders were still the top South Florida finisher on the boys’ side. Columbus moved up two spots and finished ninth — the best by a Dade boys’ team.
While no girls’ team from South Florida finished close to the top, Palmetto senior Alexa Rivas finished seventh after a two-day score of 146. She was eight strokes behind Lake Mary’s Jenny Kim, who won the individual state title. Lourdes junior Daniella Spillert also cracked the top 10 with a combined score of 148 to finish tied for ninth.
Doral Academy was Dade’s top girls’ finisher after placing ninth with a two-day score of 677. Freshman Giuliana Gomez tied for 35th individually and led the Firebirds, shooting a two-day total score of 160.