Winning district golf titles has proven to be quite routine over the past 10 to 15 years for the Columbus boys’ golf program. But all of that changed Monday afternoon.
Wanting to prove knocking off Columbus for the first time in more than 15 years in a dual meet tournament six weeks ago was no fluke, the Miami Springs boys’ golf team went out and did it when it really counted.
Led by Pat Bolton’s 1-under par 70 and a 2-over 73 by Kyle Safreed — the best rounds for both — the Golden Hawks edged the Explorers by two shots, 298-300, in the District 23-2A tournament at Miami Springs Country Club. And with that, Springs dethroned the Explorers of their longtime hold on the district trophy.
“Beating [Columbus] a few months ago was big because now we knew what we could do when we went out there and played the kind of golf we’re capable of playing,” said Bolton, who recorded five birdies and four bogeys in his round. “This is a great moment for our program, and now we want to keep it going.”
The Hawks and Explorers are not done facing each other. Both, along with third-place finisher Miami Beach (321), advance to next week’s regional tournament at Hillcrest Country Club in Hollywood. Miami Beach, thanks to a 73 and 74 from Beau Clavijo and Max Shelvin, respectively, was a surprise third-place finisher, nine shots better than Belen.
Columbus’ Juan Yumar wound up reeling in medalist honors with a 3-under, 68 but it would have been a 66 had he not double-bogeyed the last hole.
That proved to be the difference in team scores when Safreed, one of the last players on the course, birdied his final two holes, causing the four-shot swing in Springs’ favor. Luke Llaneras (77) and Pat Perez (78) rounded out the Springs’ scoring.
“Just a terrific effort by all of the kids [Monday],” Springs coach Roger Piermarini said. “Beating Columbus earlier in the season was definitely a big plus as it gave our kids a great deal of confidence.”
Elizabeth Hopkins helped Miami Beach to the girls’ team title and earned medalist honors with a 98.
BOYS’ TEAM RESULTS
Top 3 advance to regional’s
1. Miami Springs 298
2. Columbus 300
3. Miami Beach 321
4. Belen Jesuit 330
5. Ronald Reagan 346
6. Mourning 469
BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1. Juan Yumar (COL) 68
2. Pat Bolton (MSP) 70
3. Kyle Safreed (MSP) 73
4. Beau Clavijo (MB) 73
5. Max Shelvin (MB) 74
6. Julio Betancourt (COL) 76
7. Luke Llaneras (MSP) 77
8. Rafa Martinez (COL) 77
9. Pat Perez (MSP) 78
10. Francisco de la Torre (COL) 79
INDIVIDUAL REGIONAL QUALIFIERS
1. Marcos Montesano (RR) 80
2. Daniel Perez (BEL) 80
3. Tyler Sloman (KR) 81
BOYS’ BOWLINGMiami Christian d. Coral Gables 7-0: American d. HML 5-2:
GIRLS’ BOWLINGAmerican d. Reagan 7-0:
GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALLHML d. SLAM 25-7, 25-4, 25- 8: Late Saturday, La Salle d. Florida Christian 25-21, 25-21: Late Saturday, La Salle d. Glades Day 19-25, 25-20, 15-8: Late Saturday, Florida Christian d. Highlands Christian 25-14, 18-25, 16-14: Late Saturday, Florida Christian d. Pace 25-14:
BOYS’ SWIMMINGSouth Dade 107, Braddock 63:
GIRLS SWIMMINGSouth Dade 112, Braddock 49:
GIRLS’ CROSS-COUNTRYLate Saturday, St. Brendan 71, Key West 70:
GIRLS’ GOLFLate Thursday, Palmetto 243, Ferguson 276, South Miami 292, Sunset 296 (at Miccosukee):
Southwest vs. Ferguson (Bird Bowl), 3:00
South Miami vs. Braddock (Bird Bowl), 3:00
Coral Park vs. Coral Gables (Bird Bowl), 3:00
Chaminade-Madonna vs. Miami Country Day (Greynolds), 4:00
Booker T. Washington vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30
Coral Gables vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30
Krop vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30
Hialeah Gardens vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30
Hialeah-Miami Lakes vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30
Miami Beach vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30
Miami Springs vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30
Coral Reef vs. Braddock (Larry and Penny), 4:00
Homestead vs. Braddock (Larry and Penny), 4:00
Hebrew Academy vs. Archbishop Curley (Home), 4:00
Westland Hialeah vs. Mourning (FIU North), 3:00
South Miami vs. Miami High (Hadley), 3:00