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:
BOYS’ GOLFAmerican Heritage School 292, Archbishop McCarthy 301 Pine Crest 308, Jensen Beach 309, Gulliver Prep 315, Cardinal Gibbons 324:
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.
“It just worked out from district scores that Manuel was our anchor [Monday], and I was confident he could handle the pressure,” Cypress Bay coach Vince Grossi said. “He’s a calm kid who doesn’t get flustered and it showed on that last hole.”
Coral Reef’s Zach Granoff and Micheal Carter from Palmetto qualified individually for state as they each shot an even par 72.
1. Columbus 295; 2. Cypress Bay 302; 3. Miami Springs 304; 4. Western 317; 5. Palmetto 320; 6. Coral Reef 332; 7. Cooper City 346; 8. Miami Beach 347; 9. Coral Gables 359
1. Julio Betancourt (COL) 71; 2. Michael Carter (PAL) 72; Zach Granoff (CR) 72; 4. Manuel Kent (CB) 74; Rafael Martinez (COL) 74; Juan Arrazola (CB) 74; 7. Juan Yumar (COL) 75; Pat Perez (MSP) 75; 9. Luke Llaneras (MSP) 76; Kevin Fertel (TER) 76; Kyle Safreed (MSP) 76; Jonathon Cachon (CB) 76; 13. Tyler Sloman (KR) 77; Ethan Cairns (WEST) 77; Pat Bolton (MSP) 78
The Coral Springs girls’ team dominated Coral Glades in its district match.
Coral Springs won in three consecutive sets 25-17, 25-11, 25-8.
“I thought we could’ve played a lot better. We started a bit slow the first set, and then we picked it up the second and third set,” Coral Springs coach Frank Bumbales said.
Standout Kendall McMann led the Colts to victory with 16 kills, 16 points, two aces and two blocks. Julia Lekowicz assisted by registering 27 points, 10 kills and five aces. Haley Toler had 38 assists and four kills for the night. Lauren Toler scored 18 digs and nine points.
The Colts’ strong suit continues to be their hitting. But they believe they need to improve in other key elements.
“We have to play a lot better on Wednesday. We need to improve on passing, it was very weak [Monday],” Bumbales said.
Coral Springs improved to 18-4. The Colts will take on the Douglas Eagles on Wednesday night at Taravella for the district championship.Coral Springs d. Coral Glades 25-17, 25-11, 25-8: District 16-5A, McCarthy d. Coconut Creek 25-8, 25-8,25-6:
Everglades at Cooper City, 7
South Broward at Nova, 7
Archbishop McCarthy at Pines Charter, 7
Douglas vs. Taravella (Coral Springs), 7
Highlands Christian at Barrington Christian (Harris), 7
Keys Gate at Somerset, 3
University School at Bradenton Manatee, 7:30
Miramar at Cypress Bay, 7
South Plantation vs. Monarch (Deerfield Beach), 7
Plantation at Northeast, 7
Hollywood Hills at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7
Blanche Ely at Cardinal Gibbons, 7
West Broward at Flanagan, 7
Stranahan at Hallandale, 7
Deerfield Beach at Coral Glades, 7
Piper at Coral Springs, 7
Suncoast at Dillard, 7
McArthur at Western, 7
Cardinal Newman at North Broward Prep, 7
Chaminade at Riviera Beach Inlet Grove, 7
Coconut Creek at Boynton Beach, 7
Coral Springs Christian at Dade Christian, 7:30
SWIMMING AND DIVING