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TONY CASTRO Hernando Today correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:48 PM

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Cody Montgomery

Hernando – Junior

COMMENTS: Three-time All-County selection … Despite the slow start, Montgomery warmed up by notching the Leopards' lowest score in every match he participated in … Finished third in the county in scoring as a freshman (39.9) and as a sophomore (39.6) before finishing runner-up to Springstead's Ryan Nicoll this year (36.8-38.9) … Seasonal highlights included notching a team-best 34 at Crystal River … Shot an 18-hole 36-41—77 to place third in the Hernando County Championship at The Dunes … Fired a team-best 37-38—75 to pace the Leopards to a second-place tie in the 1A-8 Tourney … Has played in three straight regional tournaments (shooting 77, 82 and 88) without advancing to states.

QUOTES: "I think under different circumstances, Cody could have had a little better season. His game stayed even this year. I'd like to see how he plays after he picks up a club next summer. … He's not a real vocal guy. But as a senior captain he's got to be a more vocal leader than just lead by example. … His future could include golf at the collegiate level – he's got the tools."

- Hernando head coach Kevin Magilligan

Jake Arnett

Nature Coast – Sophomore

COMMENTS: Arnett is a repeat All-County pick … As a frosh, opened eyes finishing seventh in the county in scoring average (44.3), shooting a team-best 40-44—84 in the 1A-8 Tourney and reaching the 1A-III Tourney – where he carded a respectable 18-hole 89 … A year later, Arnett whittled his nine-hole average more than five strokes finishing third in the circuit in scoring (39.0) … His seasonal highlights included an 18-hole 39-35—74 at The Dunes to place runner-up to Springstead's Ryan Nicoll in the Hernando County Championship … A week later on the same course, Arnett earned low medalist honors with an outstanding 1-under-par 36-35—71 total … At the 1A-III Tournament at Saddlebrook, he failed to advance to states behind a 5-over-par 77.

QUOTES: "He's started the season slowly twice. Both times he came on late. … He's a hard-worker, who continues to grow physically. … He's not much of a talker on the golf course. He's definitely his harshest critic. I've never had a player like him before. … In his third year I expect he'll add a ton of distance to his game because he continues to mature. The biggest factor will be whether he can control his shots with his body stretching. He's also gotten much better at managing the golf course. … He's just been a pleasure to coach."

- Nature Coast head coach Tom Brown

Brazon Dixon

Springstead – Junior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County pick … As a freshman, he never shot under 41 for nine holes. He finished ninth in the county in scoring (44.3) … Due to a wrist injury, he was limited to four matches as a sophomore averaging 40.5 – placing fourth in the local circuit … As a junior he mirrored his previous season's average. He again finished fourth in scoring average at 40.8 … His seasonal highlights included firing an 18-hole 81 in the county tournament (by comparison he shot an 85 as a freshman) and an 84 in districts (as opposed to his previous 91). Was consistently the team's number two player behind Nicoll.

QUOTES: "Brazon deserves this. … He played excellent for us. … Kept his head into it. ... Puts way too much pressure on himself after a poor shot. Not everyone can be Tiger Woods. … His strength lies in driving the ball. Next year, I'd like to see him concentrate a little more on his short game – specifically on putts around the green."

- Springstead head coach Greg Odachowski

Michael Rampino

Weeki Wachee – Sophomore

COMMENTS: Like Springstead's Dixon, Rampino is also a first-time selection … As a freshman in 2011 he led the first-year Hornets in scoring in all 12 matches he played averaging a team-best 47.7 … A year later, Rampino shaved over three shots off his average finishing in a fifth-place tie in the county circuit in scoring with Springstead's Brendan Pfent (44.4) … In 2012, again Rampino was never beaten by one of his teammates … His seasonal highlights featured a team-best 81 in the county tournament and a 38-41—79 in the 1A-8 Tourney at The Dunes (Weeki Wachee's home course) … Became the school's first-ever regional qualifier … At 1A-III at Saddlebrook, Rampino shot a 99.

QUOTES: "Mike had a very rewarding year. He was disappointed that he didn't make it out of districts last year and his goal all season was to make it to regionals, which he achieved. … Mike worked on his swing all summer to lower his scoring average. He came into our matches with more of a game plan this year as far as how he wanted to play each course instead of just showing up and playing. He improved the most in his mental game. When he made a mistake last year he would let it affect the rest of his round. This year when he made a mistake he did a much better job of letting it go and focusing on the rest of his round."

- Weeki Wachee head coach Craig Witte

Player of the Year

Ryan Nicoll

Springstead – Senior

COMMENTS: Multi-sport student/athlete, who also excels in baseball … Carries a 3.8 grade point average … Would like to study pre-law in college … Four-year varsity letterman. Rare four-time All-County selection … First-time POY … Was the only freshman to crack the county Top 10 in scoring in 2009 behind a 40.8 average – placing runner-up to Hernando's Zack Teele's 39.5. He tied senior Ryan Kiely for the team-best average … Tied junior teammate Shane Murphy with a 78 at the county tournament. Shot an 18-hole 93 in the 2A-6 Tourney at Citrus Springs' El Diablo and failed to advance to regionals … As a sophomore, he again finished second in the county in scoring average to Teele (37.8-39.1) … Shot a nine-hole 36 at El Diablo … Carded a team-low, 18-hole 39-35—74 in the county tournament at Brooksville Country Club … Notched back-to-back 83s in the 2A-6 Tourney at Pebble Creek and 2A-II at Fleming Island … As a junior, he led the local circuit in scoring average (36.4) … Fired a nine-hole 33 in a tri-meet at World Woods and in a dual meet against Nature Coast … Won the Hernando County Championship with a 1-under-par 71 at Sherman Hills … Followed with a 78 in the 2A-6 Tournament at Ocala-Silver Springs. Shot a 76 a week later in the rugged 2A-II Tourney at Palm Coast's Palm Harbor Golf Club … As a senior, Nicoll repeated as the county's scoring champion (36.8) … His finest nine-hole score was a 36 against Central at The Dunes … Earned a repeat title as low medalist in the Hernando County Tourney at The Dunes with an 18-hole 37-33—70 … In all, Nicoll helped pace the Eagles to four Hernando County championships … A week after county, Nicoll earned a first-place blue ribbon for his first-ever district championship at the 2A-5 Tournament at Ocala's Silver Springs Shores … He failed to advance to states following a fine 18-hole 77 total in the 2A-II Tournament at Ocala Golf Club.

QUOTES: "Was the best player in this county by far. He's got the best overall game. … Got a great swing and is extremely consistent. Everyone knows he can hit a good shot. … There are times he'll get down after a poor shot, but he always seems to keep it together. … Can he play at the next level? Absolutely. Maybe not D-I, but he's also a brilliant kid. … What we'll miss most? We're going to miss the consistency of having his low score every time we play."

- Springstead head coach Greg Odachowski

"Ryan can play any sport he wants; he's that kind of an athlete. To me he looks like a baseball player, but he's built like a hockey player.

- Former Springstead baseball head coach Frank Vitale

"Ryan led the area in scoring average and was the most consistent golfer this year. He played well in winning districts and made it to regionals as an individual."

- Weeki Wachee head coach Craig Witte

"He deserves this; he's put in the time."

- Nature Coast head coach Tom Brown

"Nicoll is very good. What I like most is he plays all summer at the highest level. It seems like he's always on the course."

- Hernando head coach Kevin Magilligan

Coach of the Year

Greg Odachowski

Springstead – 1st Year

COMMENTS: Replaced five-time Coach of the Year Sonny Long, who retired following last season … Despite playing a county-low six matches, the 4-2 Eagles fileted their closest rivals at the Hernando County Championship at The Dunes – the Nature Coast Sharks – 320-345 ... In districts, Springstead tied for fourth out of 12 teams at Silver Springs Shores in Ocala.

QUOTES: "I share this honor with our guys. They're the ones that made the shots and devoted the time to practice. … I also owe Sonny (Long) a lot. He showed me the ropes last year. He didn't have to do that – but he did. … This was more of a learning year than anything else. I kind of expected Ryan (Nicoll) to win the county and it was a delightful surprise to see us win it again. … I have to thank (Principal) Susan Duval for this opportunity."

- Odachowski

"It (COY) has to be Greg. He did with five kids what we couldn't do with 6-7 kids."

- Hernando head coach Kevin Magilligan

2012 Hernando Today All-County Boys Golf Team


Brazon Dixon 11th Springstead

Jake Arnett 10th NCT

Cody Montgomery 11th Hernando

Mike Rampino 10th Weeki Wachee

Player of the Year – Ryan Nicoll (Springstead).

Coach of the Year – Greg Odachowski (Springstead).

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