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Lady Eagles' Schau nips teammate Van Meter

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BROOKSVILLE - To no one's surprise, heavily favored Fivay performed as well as advertised during Monday's 18-hole, Class 2A, District 13 Girls Golf Tournament at Silverthorn Country Club.

The Lady Falcons, who arrived averaging 201 strokes per nine holes, made up for last week's disappointing fifth-place finish during the Sunshine Athletic Conference Tournament at Plantation Palms with a 36-shot victory over surging Hernando, 420-456.

Previously unbeaten and host Nature Coast Technical will join Fivay and Hernando in next Tuesday's 2A-Region V Tournament at New Port Richey's Heritage Springs Country Club behind a 471 total.

Weeki Wachee (542), Central (602) and Springstead (no team score) rounded out the field.

As expected, Springstead seniors Kiki Schau and Kylie Van Meter battled for medalist honors against Lady Falcon senior Amber Mariano.

Schau and Van Meter tied for top honors across the 5,159-yard layout with 97s. In a match of cards, Schau, a two-time All-County performer, nipped Van Meter for the first-place blue ribbon.

Weeki Wachee senior Holly Brumfiel (129 total) joined the two Lady Eagle golfers in advancing to regionals as individuals.

Mariano, who arrived averaging 47.5 per nine holes, finished third overall with 48-50-98.

"I played a decent round, it's awful to lose by one stroke," explained the 17-year-old Mariano. "I thought I played decent.

"Today was all about course management," she said. "I avoided the water, but the bunkers got the best of me."

"Our goal was to shoot near 200," explained Fivay skipper Josh Peterson, whose team carded an uncharacteristic 452 total last week. "We lost two starters from last year's team, but we came real close to reaching that."

In the individual battle for medalist, Schau was especially humbled in edging out Van Meter for top honors.

"It really means a lot," described the 16-year-old Schau, who arrived averaging 48.8 strokes per nine holes, "It's been a friendly competition between Kylie and me. I've been playing for four years and I practiced all summer for my senior year.

"I just wish we could have taken the whole team to regionals," added Schau, noting the Lady Eagles declined to post a team score with two starters opting at the last minute not to compete.

"I thought the course played well today," detailed Schau. "My approach shots weren't so great. Some parts of the course were really hard and some were really nice."

"I can't believe we tied," said the 17-year-old Van Meter just moments before the tourney officials declared the winner. "I didn't have any birdies today; otherwise, the day went OK. There were some rough patches, but I made it through.

"Right now, I'm officially nervous. I really, really wanted this. I'm glad we pulled it out and are both going to regionals."

From the scorer's table, sixth-year Lady Shark mentor Cheryl Paradis was stunned that NCT lost by 15 strokes to Hernando.

"At this stage, you've got to have four girls score," emphasized Paradis, whose team had solved the Lady Leopards during the regular season by 21 and 23 strokes. "The tournament ran as smooth as silk; there were no complaints from anyone. I thought the course played perfectly.

"Overall, it was a great day for golf. Everyone is excited about regionals."

For a second consecutive season, Hernando walked away with a district runner-up trophy.

Hernando was led by junior foreign exchange student Chanyanuch Pongsane.

Pongsane arrived averaging 62.8 strokes per nine holes, ranking behind sophomore Lauren Moore (55.8) and senior Taylor Milligan (62.4).

On Monday, Pongsane paced the Lady Leopards with a 56-48-104.

"We came in as the underdogs," said third-year HHS mentor Casey Ellis. "This is huge right here, beating Nature Coast like we did on their home course - that's not easy. I couldn't be prouder of these girls."

"Pop (Pongsane) really stepped up today. She played the best she's ever played," stressed Ellis. "Right now, we're on a roll. I know the girls are excited to be going to regionals again. Hopefully, between now and Tuesday we can get in a couple practice rounds."

Final Class 2A, District 13 Girls Golf Tourney Standings


1. Fivay# 420

2. Hernando # 456

3. Nature Coast Technical# 471

4. Weeki Wachee 542

5. Central 602

6. Springstead NTS

# Will advance to Class 2A, Region V @ Heritage Springs Country Club.

Final Class 2A, District 13 Tourney Team Results:

FIVAY (420) - Amber Mariano 48-50-98, Lauren Mariano 54-49-103, Samantha Dehner 55-51-106, Alia Garrett 58-55-113, Ashleigh Day 54-67-121.

HERNANDO (456) - Chanyanuch Pongsane 56-48-104, Taylor Milligan 54-59-113, Lauren Moore 65-54-119, Erika Lewis 60-60-120, Heather Weeks 71-71-142.

NATURE COAST TECHNICAL (471) - Kaitlyn Glynn 50-57-107, Maddy Pickersgill 61-50-111, Taylor Zack 56-59-115, Hailey Neuhausen 65-73-138, Autumn Alexis 72-74-146.

WEEKI WACHEE (542) - Holly Brumfiel 63-66-129, Cloey Cremeans 69-61-130, Robin Riecss 75-66-141, Rayanna Riecss 73-69-142.

CENTRAL (602) - Shannon Scroggins 75-71-146, Gina Gonzalez 75-74-149, Ashley Lawrence 75-77-152, Casidy Reidenbach 78-77-155.

SPRINGSTEAD (NTS) - Kiki Schau 47-50-97, Kylie Van Meter 49-48-97.

Class 2A, District 13 Top 3 Individual Results:


1. Schau, Kiki# SPG 12 47-50-97*

2. Van Meter, Kylie# SPG 12 49-48-97

3. Mariano, Amber FIV 12 48-50-98

15. Brumfiel, Holly# WW 12 63-66-129

* Denotes won tiebreaker on a match of cards on fourth handicapped hole.

# Will advance to Class 2A, Region V @ Heritage Springs Country Club.

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