Great Miami Athletic Conference (GMAC) golfers sliced through morning dew at the GMAC tournament Thursday at Redland Golf and Country Club. After the 8 a.m. tee time, Columbus came away with the boy’s team title, and Coral Reef captured the girl’s title.
Columbus’ Rafa Martinez and Julio Betancourt each shot 73 to capture boy’s individual crowns. Palmetto’s Alexa Rivas was the top female finisher.
“We did really well,” said Abigail Chai-Onn, who shot an 87, to lead the Coral Reef girls and finish second individually.
“We are really consistent for what we usually shoot. We can always get better, and we are just practicing harder for districts coming.”
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Chai-Onn’s short game was the key in the Barracudas’ victory.
“No one really played out of this world,” Barracudas coach Ray Lanway said.
“We have a really deep team, and all of the scores were pretty consistent.”
Former GMAC champion Lauren Eustace shot a 94 as the Barracudas had three players break 100.
Golfers used the event to prime up for district playoffs Tuesday. The boys will tee off, shotgun style, at 8 a.m. at Redland Golf and Country Club. The girls will tee off at 8 a.m. at Palmetto.
“We did well,” Palmetto boys coach Jayson Malkin said of a second-place finish.
“We need to clean up some mistakes, but I’m proud of how they played. Going into districts it was a good tuneup against some good competition. We know what we need to work on to be successful. It was a good measuring stick.”
Chai-Onn said that first-year coach Lanway has brought focus to the Barracudas.
“It really cleared my mind of what I have to specifically work on for districts,” Chai-Onn said. “Hopefully I will score lower than I did [Thursday].
“Our coaching this year is competition-ready. This year we have a really good coach, and he whips us into shape.”
Malkin said Columbus, led by the Martinez-Betancourt duo is “solid” because of its consistency.
The Explorers have won four consecutive GMAC titles.
“That’s where we need to get to be as consistent,” Malkin said. “That’s the difference right now. They were a little sharper than we were.
“We need to focus and clean up to be where we want to be.
▪ Top Teams: 1. Columbus 304, 2. Palmetto 322, 3. Coral Reef 339, 4. South Dade 340, 5. Miami Beach 353, Coral Gables 395.
▪ Top Individuals: 1. Rafa Martinez (COL) 73; 1. Julio Betancourt (COL) 73; 3. Joaquin Trigueros (COL) 75; 4. Tomas Nieves (CG) 77; 5. Cole Castro (SD) 78; 5. Nikolas Campos (PAL) 78; 7. D.J. Burnham (PAL) 79; 7. Brent Cates (MS) 79; 9. Connor Creighton (CR) 80; 9. Fillippo Pilutti (SD) 80.
▪ Top Teams: 1. Coral Reef 382; 2. Palmetto 391; 3. Coral Gables 408; 4. Miami Beach 472.
▪ Top Individuals: 1. Alexa Rivas (PAL) 77; 2. Abigail Chai-Onn (CR) 87; 3. Guisasola (PAL) 92; 4. Bianca Mangravite (CG) 93; 4. Elizabeth Hopkins (MB) 93; 6. Lauren Eustace (CR) 94; 7. Krystal Farinas (CR) 95; 7. Palmeiro (K) 95; 9. Diana Sanchez (F) 98; 10. Marisa Urritia (CG) 99.