Dross settles for 24th-place, Sharks finish 15th out of 16 teams

Alexis Dross 12th hole Meadow Oaks. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

GIRLS GOLF

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

A rare third time trip to the Lake County’s 69th annual FHSAA Class 2A State Finals didn’t quite have the deserved effect for Hernando Comity’s lone entry Nature Coast Technical.

In last weekend’s star-studded field, the Brooksville-based linksters could not duplicate its top-10 magic of the year before.

Instead, NCT finished second to last in 16-team competition along the treacherous Las Colinas course at Mission Inn Resort at Howey-in-the-Hills.

Across the 36-hole event, Plantation-American Heritage, repeated as state champions behind a 597 total – five shots better than its winning total in 2017 , this time besting the state runner-up Southwest Ranches-Archbishop McCarthy Mavericks’ by 63 strokes.

Among the 94 individuals playing along the challenging Las Colinas course, American Heritage’s Casey Weidenfield shot an even par 73-71–144 total, edging Bay High’s Taylor Moody by one shot for medalist honors.

NCT: 15th

The Sharks, who shot a combined a school record 761 in 2017, mushroomed to a 408-431—839 total.

Only Groveland-South Lake’s 441-407—848 total has higher.

Senior and 2018 district and regional champion Alexis Dross, led the Hernando County entry. After finishing in a tie for 42nd with a 86-90—176 total last fall, Dross turned in a 83-79—162 total, good for 24th.

NCT’s No. 2 player, senior Alexa Dono, placed 72nd overall behind a 98-108—206 total. That’s four shots better than in 2017.

Sophomore Annabelle Bennett, in her initial state meet in 2017, placed 81st behind a 116-113—239 total.

This time, she shaved 29 shots with a 102-108—210.

Rounding out the team were two freshmen including: Sarah Mandes, who placed 90th in 125-144—269, and Emma Dunsmore in 91st with a 146-136—282 total.

David Pisarcik Photo by JOE DICRISTOFALO

Walking in, fourth-year NCT mentor David Pisarcik didn’t believe his team would be in the elite field’s title chase.

“Finishing 15th out of 16 in right where I thought we’d be,” indicated Pisarcik. ”Against t this type of competition we knew we had to play over our capabilities.

“I‘m proud of these girls. This group played together, but we’ve been chasing that fourth score since graduation.

Analyzing three-time All-County linkster Dross’ team-best efforts.

“For some reason, Alexis was a little better on Day 2 than Day 1. She was three over after 15 holes on Day 1, before she struggled.

“We talked about it about it, There’s a reason, the state championship is held here. This course is always tough. You’ve got to play shots every time.

“,,, For Alexis, that79 on Day 2 was an impressive finish.”

With the expected graduation losses of Dross and Dono, Pisarcik was asked about this team’s future.

“On paper, we’ve got three players coming back. We’ll definitely be young/ We’ll be trying to put together a team that can compete,” he said. “There’s room for improvement from every player.”

Dross recap

Alexis Dross

Despite improving every time she reached states, Dross hungers for more.

“Day 1 was really rough, I was three over with three to go and went double, double, bogey. On Day 2, I felt like I didn’t do anything different. It wasn’t like I played poorly, I left too many shots out there.

“I’ll say it again, it’s not the course,” stressed Dross. “I made too many simple mistakes. Coming back here and playing with the entire team was the goal from the start,” she added. “I’ve got another tournament on Nov. 17-18, I’m gonna be working on my short game the entire time before playing.”

On rating her pressure-packed two-day experience, “On Day 1, I’d five myself a “5“ shared Dross. On Day 2, either a 6-7.”

2018 69th FHSAA Class 2A State Finals

at Mission Inn & Resort’s Las Colinas Course

at Howey-in-the-Hills

Plantation-American Heritage Patriots
 

PL.

 

TEAM

 

36-HOLE TOTAL

1.

Plantation-American Heritage

295-302—597

2.

Southwest Ranches-Archbishop McCarthy

314-346—660

3.

Fernandina Beach

325-349—674

4.

Fort Myers-Estero

338-348—686

5.

Ponte Vedra

341-353—694

6.

Naples

346-357—703

7.

Orlando-Bishop Moore

353-364—716

8.

Pace

365-365—730

9.

Fort Walton Beach

372-377—749

10.

Lake Wales

379-393—774

11.

Tampa-King

385-395—780

12.

Lecanto

397-390—787

13.

Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake

406-387—793

14.

Cocoa

408-406—814

 

15.

 

Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical

 

408-431—839

16.

Groveland-South Lake

441-407—848

NATURE COAST TECHNICAL (408=431—839 – 24. Alexis Dross 83-79—162, 72. Alexa Dono 98-108—206, 75. Annabelle Bennett 102-108—210, 90. Sarah Mandes 125-144—269, 91. Emma Dunsmore 146-136—282.

 

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