By Kyle LoJacono
The Wiregrass Ranch High boys golf team won its second straight Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) championship Oct. 11. The Bulls claimed the title after winning 11 league contests in the regular season and earning another 11 points in the SAC tournament.
Dylan Larson shot an even-par 72 to lead Wiregrass Ranch, followed by Logan Horrigan with a three-over 75.
“You need four good scores to win and fortunately we had that,” said four-year Bulls coach Nicholas Cuviello. “The difference between the teams that win and the ones that don’t is having four-player depth. We have a solid group that has been with the team for several years now.”
Wiregrass Ranch lost just three regular season SAC matchups the last three years after winning one match its first year and finishing .500 in year two.
The Bulls have eight seniors on the 11-man team. Cuviello said the Bulls are hoping to win their first district tournament, which is Oct. 19 at Pebble Creek Golf Club in New Tampa; return to regionals for the second straight year and make the state tournament for the first time in school history.
Coming in second at the tournament was Wesley Chapel and Mitchell high schools. Land O’ Lakes High came in fourth.
The only golfer to finish under par at the SAC tournament was Wesley Chapel senior Jacob Fleck, who shot 1-under 71. He was the individual champion.
Pirates take second behind Mitchell
The Pasco High girls golf team came in second place in the Sunshine Athletic Conference tournament, which was Oct. 12 at the Groves Golf and Country Club in Land O’ Lakes. Mitchell High took the overall team title and River Ridge High came in third.
Kelliannce May shot a team-best 5-over 70 for the Pirates, which was the second best score of the day and two strokes behind Mitchell’s Rebecca Van Etten. Van Etten was the individual champion. Wesley Chapel’s Hana Lee tied with Mitchell’s Emma Fivecoat for third with a 71.