The seniors who make up the core of the Ransom Everglades girls’ golf team want to finish their high school careers on a high note this season.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Raiders took a step toward that by winning the Youth Fair Invitational at Palmetto Golf Course for the second consecutive season.
Senior Chloe Horton won the individual championship after shooting a score of 2-over-par75.
“It’s still a little bit early in the season for us, but [Wednesday] was the first big tournament that mattered, so it was good to see what we did,” Ransom coach Julie Carse said. “Chloe has been playing well and deserved to get the victory out there.”
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Horton won her first Youth Fair individual title, shooting a 2-over75 to lead the Raiders and finish four strokes ahead of Palmetto’s Alexa Rivas, the individual runner-up.
Carrollton’s Tanya Eathakotti won a playoff for third place over Ransom’s Carolina Garrett, the event’s 2013 individual champion, after both shot 80. Ransom’s Katie Hanley rounded out the top five by shooting 81. Horton, Garrett and Hanley are the senior leaders of the Ransom team.
“The greens were good, and they looked like they just re-did them recently,” Horton said. “I couldn’t putt on them before. I was able to sink a lot of shots for birdies. My drives were good, and I’ve been playing very consistently.”
Carrollton finished second as a team and Coral Reef third as both broke under 400 strokes as a team.
Team results: 1. Ransom Everglades 323; 2. Carrollton 367; 3. Coral Reef 376; 4. Palmetto 426; 5. TERRA 456.
Individuals: 1. Chloe Horton (RE) 75; 2. Alexa Rivas (PAL) 79; 3. Tanya Eathakotti (CAR) 80; Carolina Garrett (RE) 80; 5. Katie Hanley (RE) 81; Other notables: Phoebe Beber-Frankel (RE) 87; Abigail Chai-Dnn (CR) 88; Gaby Delgado (CAR) 91; Charlotte Stott (CAR) 91; Taylor Robinson (AM) 94; Marissa Urrutia (CG) 96; Ruby Willie (GUL) 97; Crystal Farinas (CR) 97.