The two-day state Class 3A high school golf tournament teed off Tuesday at Howey-in-the Hills and the Cypress Bay girls of Weston in Broward County were the top-ranked team from Miami-Dade or Broward county after the first round, placing themselves in a tie for fifth.
“Winning the title seems a little out of reach,” said Cypress Bay coach Todd Nelson, referring to a 21-shot lead held by first-place Lake Mary. “But we have a shot at second and that’s what we’re going to go after.”
To prove they are serious about making a run higher up the standings, Nelson said, “I’m out on the putting green right now and they are still working at it. I’m excited about what we can accomplish Wednesday.”
As he spoke and his girls were practicing, darkness was descending on the tournament site, Mission Inn, and its two courses — Las Colinas for the girls and El Campeon for the boys.
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The highest finisher for the Cypress Bay girls was Brianna Buckley with a 6-over-par 78.
Amanda Leslie of Parkland Douglas was in third place in the individual standings with a 71.
In the boys’ competition, Columbus High of Miami-Dade was in ninth place with Rafael Martinez leading the Explorers with a 78.
Cole Castro — who qualified as an individual rather than with a team — was the highest-ranked Miami-Dade-Broward boy with a 3-over 75, tying him for seventh.
Boys’ team results: 1. Lake Mary, 309; 2. Naples Gulf Coast, 311; 3. Boca Raton, 313; 4. (tie) Tampa Plant, St. John’s Bartram Trail, 314. Other Miami-Dade-Broward: 9. Miami Christopher Columbus, 321; 16. Weston Cypress Bay, 352.
Boys’ individual results: 1. (tie) Eduardo Blochtein, Boca Raton Spanish River; Anthony Derosa, Seminole, 73; 3. (tie) Chase Cutshall, Melbourne; 3. (tie) Justin Karlins, OrlandoTimber Creek; Austin Hitt, Lake Mary; Anthony Muttillo, Boca Raton, 74. Miami-Dade-Broward: 7. Cole Castro, South Dade, 75; 17. Matthew Galluzzo, St. Thomas Aquinas, 77; 24. (tie) Rafael Martinez, Miami Columbus, 78; 33. (tie) Sharif Amastha, Miami Columbus; Robert Nieves, Miami Columbus, 79; 73. (tie) Jake Moscoso, Miami Columbus, 85; 82. (tie) Javier Rodriguez, Miami Columbus; 82. (tie) Javier Rodriguez, Miami Columbus; Blake Leon, Parkland Douglas, 88.
Girls’ team results: 1. Lake Mary, 299; 2. Niceville, 303; 3. Melbourne Viera, 309; 4. Winter Garden West Orange, 319; 5. (tie) Weston Cypress Bay, Orlando Lake Nona, 320. Other Miami-Dade-Broward: 16. Miami Coral Reef, 373.
Girls’ individual results: 1. (tie) Alyssa Lamoureux, Seminole; Sophie Liu, Melbourne Viera (Melbourne), 68; 3. Amanda Leslie, Parkland Douglas, 71; 4. Lauren Miller, Niceville, 72; 5. (tie) Gabrielle Tomeo, Bradenton Manatee; Jenny Kim, Lake Mary, Mariana Ocano, St. Petersburg, 73. Miami-Dade-Broward: 18. (tie) Daniela Spillert, Miami Lourdes, 77. 23. Brianna Buckley, Weston Cypress Bay, 78; 33. (tie) Andrea Presilla, Weston Cypress Bay, Gabriela Ferre, Weston Cypress Bay (Weston), 79; 39. (tie) Alexa Rivas, Miami Palmetto, 80; 42. (tie) Abigail Chai Onn, Coral Reef, 81; 54. (tie) Amanda Okulanis, Parkland Douglas, 84.