Saddlebrook takes A-9 title
By Steve Lee
WESLEY CHAPEL — Individual medalist Dylan Larson shot a 74 to lead Wiregrass Ranch to the runner-up spot in the Class 2A, District 6 tournament at El Diablo in Citrus Springs.
Larson, who carded a 35 on the back nine, was joined by teammates Nick Stutt, Logan Harrison, Chris Kluender and Ronnie Segal. The Bulls are coming off their first Sunshine Athletic Conference championship.
Sunlake’s Donald Eubank qualified for regionals with an 84.
Bishop McLaughlin was the runner-up and Pasco took third in A-8 at Hernando Oaks.
Bishop McLaughlin’s Kentaro Toyota, a junior who shot a 77, was the individual medalist in that tourney. Scoring for the Pirates were Winston Johnson, Stephen Lavelle, Austin Riddaugh, Jaxon Moore and Eric Clayton.
Host Saddlebrook won the A-9 tourney with the Spartans’ top player, Alex Bensahel earning individualist honors by shooting a 73. Teammate Adam Chowdhari was one stroke back as the runner-up.
Also scoring for the Spartans were Arthur Edelman and Seokil Kim. The team is bidding for its first state title since winning it all back-to-back in 2002 and 2003.
Wesley Chapel was the runner-up and Academy at the Lakes placed third. Top five finishers for the Wildcats were Jacob Fleck and Brandon Mumaw.
Leading the way for Academy at the Lakes was Jason Giglio.
In the 2A-12 tourney at Fox Hollow in Trinity, Ridgewood’s Austin Padova was the county’s lone representative to qualify for regionals.
Chamberlain’s Gary Bufflington was the individual medalist in 2A-10 at Temple Terrace. Gaither, led by Jimmy Stanger, placed third.