After clinching the district title last week, both the boys and girls varsity golf teams secured their spot in states after advancing through regionals this past Monday, Oct. 18, and Tuesday, Oct. 19, respectively.
To follow up their first place performance a week prior, the boys team traveled to Parkland Golf Club and found themselves at the top of the standings once again after posting a 283 total score to claim the title of regional champions over a 302 second place finishers North Broward Prep.
Individual Regional Champion junior Luke Clanton led the way for the Patriots with a 67, with last week’s Individual District Champion, senior Jackson Kustin, carded a 69 to place second. Senior Jonathan Mourin tied for third with a 70, and in 11th and 13th place, respectively, junior Sebastian Sacristan posted a 77 while junior Gabe Hegerstrom finished with a 78.
“It was awesome winning regionals, but my number one focus is getting this team to win states,” Clanton said. “My team is very important to me and we are all training our hardest to win.”
While the Patriots secured the district title last week, the team fell two strokes short of winning regionals, finishing at Grand Palms as the runner-ups with a team total of 308.
Junior Kelly Shanahan and freshman Katherine Schaefer each shot under par rounds of 70 to lead the Patriots while senior Sophia Rickers, freshman Alessandra Tabora and junior Emma Parker all chipped in to round out the final score.
“After placing in regionals, the team is excited for states,” Shanahan said. “Every year it is close with us and Archbishop, and this one is no different. We’ve been playing well, and know that if we play like we should we can win states. In the meantime, we’re all practicing and working hard to make sure this is the year for us.”
Both the boys and girls teams will advance to participate in the state tournament next week, Oct. 26-28, in Howey-In-The-Hills at the Mission Inn Resort and Golf Club, where they will aim to seek out the state title.