American Heritage did it all on Wednesday.
American Heritage won the FHSAA girls’ Class 2A golf state championship, its seventh in program history, finishing with a collective 602, beating second-place Archbishop McCarthy by 22 strokes on the par-72, 5,624-yard Las Colinas Course at Mission Inn & Resort.
It was the Patriots’ seventh team girls’ golf championship — the most in the state. Their last title came in 2014, and they finished second to Archbishop McCarthy the past two seasons.
“We needed to go out today and just maintain and not do anything crazy. I told the girls, ‘If you get in trouble, take the bogey and just get out of there,’ ” American Heritage girls’ coach Linda Sibio said. “They did a great job and fought until the end, all of them.”
American Heritage sophomore Jillian Bourdage, who finished on 18, dropped a four-foot putt that was breaking to the left to card a two-day 144 and win the individual state championship by one stroke over Leesburg senior Alyssa Lamoureux.
“I am honestly ecstatic right now,” Bourdage said. “On the last hole, I had no idea that was the putt for me to win the state tournament. I was sensing my teammates’ good vibes and energy, and I hit that thing and I heard my team scream. I couldn’t believe what was going on. It was such a good feeling.”
Bourdage was 2-over 74 during Round 2 on Wednesday after finishing the opening round 2-under par. She dropped two birdies in the second round, including one on No. 14, the same hole that plagued her at state a year ago when her ball plopped down in the bunker on two consecutive days.
“My goal for this year was to not go in that bunker. I hit my approach shot to about 12 feet, the toughest pin position, and I made birdie on the hole,” Bourdage said.
American Heritage freshman Casey Weidenfeld finished fourth overall with a 146. She finished with the best second round of the tournament, carding a 2-under 70. She dropped four birdies and overcame two bogeys along the way.
“A lot was dropping for me today,” Weidenfeld said. “My putting was good, my ball striking was decent. It was just a good day on the course. I think my best birdie was No. 7 because I hit my drive and I had like 55 yards in. It was an easy pitch, and I hit to two feet [away] and made the birdie putt.”
Weidenfeld garnered much attention for her honesty during the first round Tuesday when she discovered an extra putter in her bag. Players are only allowed 14 clubs, and she turned herself in to her coach and took the four-stroke penalty, giving her a 76 on the first day.
“When I first realized it, I actually thought it was a disqualification. I thought I was out, and because I thought I was being disqualified, it made it 10-times harder to go over and tell Coach Sibio I had 15 clubs in my bag. It was really crazy at first,” Weidenfeld said.
Archbishop McCarthy’s boys’ team finished as a state runner-up with a two-day total score of 628 — 25 strokes back of state champion Ponte Vedra on the par-72, 6,601-yard El Campeon Course — which is celebrating its centennial year — at Mission Inn & Resort.
The Patriots shot 322 in the final round, with senior Alberto Martinez finishing with a 149, good for a fourth-place medal. Ponte Vedra’s Stewart Slayden won the boys’ individual state title, carding a 146.
“In Class 2A, there is a lot of competition, and Ponte Vedra is a class act,” American Heritage coach Brandt Moser said. “They have an outstanding program. It seems like they win on odd-numbered years and we win on even. This is their third state title, and we won in 2012, 14 and 16."