Boys and girls golf take first place at districts, move on to regionals

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Boys

The varsity boys golf team took first place playing for the district title this past Monday, Oct. 12, at Grand Palms.

Led by senior Jackson Kustin, who won the total individual carding a 70, the Patriots clinched the district crown posting a total team score of 287, besting Archbishop McCarthy’s second place score of 306. Rounding out the rest of the top 10, senior Jonny Mourin and junior Luke Clanton both finished with a 71 to tie for second, junior Gabriel Hegerstorm carded a 75 to place seventh and junior Sebastian Sacristan ended with a 76 to finish in eighth.

“Winning districts is a great achievement both for myself and for my teammates. However, we know that being district champs is not our goal,” Kustin said. “Our goal is to win the state championship and we are confident that we will achieve that this year.”

As the Patriots continue on their path for their first state championship in four years, the team will look to sustain their momentum as they head to Parkland to compete for the regional title next Monday, Oct. 19 at 9 a.m.

Kustin practices ahead of winning the individual district title and will look to continue his success at regionals. (Photo submitted/Jackson Kustin)

Girls

The varsity girls golf team placed first Monday, Oct. 12, in the district championship at Grand Palms.

The Patriots clinched the district title by six strokes over second place Archbishop McCarthy, posting a 323 behind a 73 from freshman Katherine Schaefer, who finished as the day’s individual District Champion. Including Schaefer, the Patriots ended with three top nine finishers; junior Kelly Shanahan finished in fourth place with a 76 and freshman Alessandra Tabora placed ninth with an 86.

“Because golf is such an individual sport, it’s easy for one of the girls to get upset with themselves when they have had a bad shot or bad round,” head coach Linda Sibio said. “However, the girls pulled together at districts for a nice team victory. I feel the girls are heading into Regionals with a very positive, calm demeanor, knowing that no matter how they may be playing that day, each stroke counts, and, as a team, they can be victorious.”

With districts behind them, the Patriots will now look ahead to Tuesday, Oct. 20, when they will compete for the regional crown at Grand Palms at 8:30 a.m.

Junior Emma Parker, senior Sophia Rickers, Schaefer, Tabora and Shanahan (left to right) celebrate after their Monday morning victory. (Photo submitted/Coach Sibio)

Sammy Rosenthal is a senior at American Heritage School in Plantation Fla. and is entering his fourth year writing for the newsmagazine; his second year as the publication’s Sports Editor. Sammy takes pride in being a die-hard Miami Heat and Dolphins fan as well as dedicating his Sunday to watching football.

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