Jack Irons leads all scorers with a one-under 71, propelling Naples to an easy win in the Class 2A-Region 7 tournament
Andrew Sodergren, firstname.lastname@example.org, 239-263-4731
The Gulf Coast High School boys golf team won a regional championship on Monday.
The Sharks shot a 298 to win the Class 3A-Region 5 team title at Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club in Sarasota. Remi Chartier shot a 70 to lead Gulf Coast and win individual medalist honors, followed by Jordan Barker with a 75. Also for the Sharks, Mason Messina shot a 76 and Ryan Hart shot a 77 to round out the team score.
The Gulf Coast girls, also playing at Heritage Oaks, finished third with a team score of 347 and did not advance to the state finals. Kylie Mani led the Sharks with an 81.
Fort Myers finished two strokes behind Gulf Coast in the girls tournament, in fourth place with a 349. Alaina Johnston shot an 80 to lead the Green Wave.
Gulf Coast won the boys title by 13 strokes over second-place Riverview (311). The top two teams advanced to next week’s state finals. The Sharks are the defending Class 3A champions.
“We had some disappointing finishes (to the round) and some strong finishes, so they compensated for each other,” Chartier said. “The team is happy that we took away the title regardless of the (score).”
Fort Myers High shot a 333 and finished sixth at the boys regional. Logan Eakins and Aidan Bennett both shot 81s to lead the Green Wave.
Chartier matched his score from district, when he finished second individually, one stroke behind the medalist. Gulf Coast also won the district championship.
“We have a lot of good momentum,” Sharks boys coach Kim Benedict said. “If we keep doing what we’re doing, we have as good a shot as anyone (to win state).”
Three Riverdale golfers competed as individuals — Zack Ciofani (97), Will Taylor (102) and David Rigley (111).
Naples boys, Cypress Lake’s Tyler Humphrey advance to state
The Naples High School boys golf team entered the Class 2A-Region 7 tournament at The Quarry as the prohibitive favorites, and the Golden Eagles didn’t disappoint.
Sophomore Jack Irons fired a 71, with Sam Kodak shooting a 72 and James Tureskis a 73 to lead a well-balanced scorecard for the Golden Eagles. Chad Tracy, Naples’ other scorer, shot a 76 as the team carded a 292 to win the tournament by 35 strokes over second-place Port Charlotte.
Both the Golden Eagles and Pirates head to the Class 2A state tournament, to be held at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills on Nov. 2-3.
“I got off to a good start.,I started off 4 under through seven,” Irons said. “I made some 10- to 20-foot putts that you’ve got to make for birdies. And I kind of hung in there after that. The wind started to pick up for about an hour, which made it tougher.”
Naples coach Don Tracy said he liked his team’s mental approach all afternoon, even as the wind whipped late in the round. He also said the team played relaxed, despite being heavy favorites.
“I try to not let that get into their heads. We just focus on playing our game and having fun,” he said. “The guys are all very competitive with each other, and that helps in events like this.”
Cypress Lake would have been the second-place finisher, but an errant scorecard disqualified the Panthers from the team tournament. The Panthers’ Tyler Humphrey and Booker’s Jonah Winter each shot 73s to qualify as individuals.
Bishop Verot, Neumann’s Shrader advance to state
After a second-place finish at district last week, St. John Neumann coach Jeff Jones said it’d be tough to qualify as a team at regionals, but was hopeful he’d have individual qualifiers.
The Celtics’ Sophie Shrader was able to do just that after shooting a 76 at Laurel Oaks Golf Club in Sarasota on Monday. Shrader was the second individual qualifier behind Canterbury’s Brittany Shin, who shot a 64.
“I feel pretty good about my round,” Shrader said. “My front nine could’ve been better. I went into my back nine knowing I had to improve my score and happy I was able to do that. I’m very excited (about heading to state). I knew it would be a challenge to get there this year, but I was able to do it.”
“I think she did great,” Jones said. “I knew the greens would be kind of tricky but I thought she played well.”
Led by second-place finisher Catherine Huang with a 73, St. Stephens took first place (321).
Bishop Verot placed second with 334. Three Verot golfers made the top 10. Gabby Vetter finished the day in third with a team-best 74. Claire Sattler shot an 83 for seventh place, and Talia Rodino shot an 85 to tie for 10th place. Verot narrowly beat out Canterbury by two strokes.
Rodino, Bishop Verot’s No. 1 golfer, had a rough day, but was able to birdie the 18th to keep the team in contention for state.
“We were super excited,” Bishop Verot coach Jeff Nixon said. “It’s been an amazing year and we’re really excited about going to state next week. (Rodino has) won some events this year and qualified for Drive, Chip and Putt in Augusta. She just had a bad day today. We wound up making it by two. She birdied the last hole and pulled it through. That’s what being on a team is all about. You have a bad day and your teammates lift you up.”
Oasis’ Alyssa Fritz did not qualify for state, but she finished in sixth place after shooting a 79, and First Baptist’s Alexa Oates finished tied for eighth with an 84.
Only two teams advanced to state and the two golfers with the highest scores not on a qualifying team advanced.
The state tournament is Oct. 30-31 at Howey-in-the-Hills.
— James Kellerman
Estero beats Naples for regional title
The Estero girls golf team finished one stroke off matching its school-record tournament score, but it was more than enough for the Wildcats to punch their ticket to the state golf championships.
Estero carded a 317, led by medalist Kim Egozi’s 70, to beat runner-up Naples, which scored a 333, at the Region 2A-7 tournament at Herons Glen Golf and Country Club in North Fort Myers.
The Wildcats, who shot a 316 to win district last week, received an 80 from Kelli Kragh, 83 from Chrissy Mackie and 84 from Meredith Brown to win the title. They will play Nov. 2-3 at the Class 2A state tournament at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills.
Estero shot a 317 to win the Class 2A-Region 7 title.
Edward Reed, Fort Myers News-Press
“It feels awesome,” said Estero coach Norm Heyboer of his team’s first regional title. “It’s been a goal for 10 years or so. The first goal was to win districts, which we did last week. I was very nervous the whole day. We didn’t play as well as we can and Naples played really well. Hats off to them. They deserve everything they’ve done today.”
Vivian Guite paces Naples with a 73, good for second overall, followed by Ashley Zimmermann’s 79.
Individually, Barron Collier’s Chelsea Baker was one of two individuals to qualify as she shot an 82 for the Cougars, who placed third with a 353.
“It feels really good because I’m a sophomore and I will get a better score at states,” Baker said. “This is a big step.”
— Ed Reed
CSN, Verot’s Kyle and Seacrest’s Iten advance to state
Led by Harrison Ornstein’s 69, Community School of Naples advanced to state on Monday after placing second at the Class 1A Region 6 at Laurel Oak Golf Club in Sarasota.
The Seahawks shot a 285, four strokes behind first-place finisher Cardinal Mooney.
Three Seahawks finished in the top 10. Ornstein finished tied for third. Tommy Amendola shot a 70 to finish sixth and Josh Braverman shot a 71 to finish tied for seventh.
“I’m really proud of them,” Seahawks coach Paul Celano said. “They’ve worked hard. We’ve got the three seniors who played really well. Combined they were seven under par which is really good.”
Community School’s goal was to advance to the state finals by winning regionals, but Cardinal Mooney was a little better Monday, Celano said.
“If I’m going to lose to them then I’d rather lose to them in regionals than state finals,” Celano said. “That’s another story. The team qualified two years ago but they were nearly all sophomores and weren’t the quality of team we are this year. I think we’re easily one of the top five teams in Class 1A that will advance. There’s a couple real good teams so we hope we can play well at the right times.”
Things got interesting for the individual qualifiers. Bishop Verot’s Reece Kyle shot a 66 to take first place by two strokes.
“It was spectacular,” Bishop Verot coach Andy Scott said. “He definitely had his mojo today and every shot I looked up he was sticking it close. He had a bogey-free round and that’s not one of those things that happens very often.”
Scott said he could tell early on Kyle was in a zone. It’s the lowest he’s ever shot in a tournament. His lowest before that was a 71.
“I think this is a big boost to his confidence,” Scott said. “He’s been slowly trending in this direction.
Scott said that Kyle will need to play smart and not think about shooting a 66 at state to do well. If he can shoot par, then he’ll be fine.
Seacrest’s Jayson Iten and St. Stephen’s David Hu shot 71 each and had to battle it out in a playoff for the final individual spot to head to state.
Hu drove the ball far right and had to chip out to the fairway before knocking it on the green about 30 feet from the cup. Iten also hit it down the right into the rough, but was left with an easier shot at the green. Iten went out of bounds into the water, took a drop and chipped it within five feet of the cup. Hu missed his putt and Iten took advantage finishing with a par and the final qualifying spot.
“It sure is nice (to have Iten advance),” Seacrest coach Mark Trenkamp said. “It was amazing. He hit a good drive and hit a 9-iron in the water. He was able to pull it out and finish with par.”
The state tourrnament is Oct. 30-31 at Howey-in-the-Hills.
— James Kellerman
Class 1A-Regional 6
At Laurel Oaks Golf Club, par 72
St. Stephens 321, Bishop Verot 334, Canterbury 336, St. John Neumann 399, Community School 420, First Baptist 436, Out of Door Academy 477, Oasis 485
Individual regional qualifiers
Brittany Shin (Canterbury) 64, Sophie Shrader (SJN) 76
1. Brittany Shin (Canterbury) 64, 2. Catherine Huang (St. Stephens) 73, 3. Gabby Vetter (BV) 74, 4. Sophie Shrader (SJN) 76, 4. Maria Huang (St. Stephens) 76, 6. Alyssa Fritz (O) 79, 7. Claire Sattler (BV) 83, 8. Hannah Bailey (Canterbury) 84, 8. Alexa Oates (FBA) 84, 10. Talia Rodino (BV) 85, 10. Kendall Miller (St. Stephens) 85
St. Stephens – Catherine Huang 73, Maria Huang 76, Kendall Miller 85, Angel Dai 87, Bella O’Donnell 94
Bishop Verot – Gabby Vetter 74, Claire Sattler 83, Talia Rodino 85, Natalia Marcinkowski 92, Olivia Kelly 147
Canterbury – Brittany Shin 64, Hannah Bailey 84, Alice Bailey 90, Alyson Bozof 98, Ingrid Leigh 103
Community School – Tiffany Sheng 99, Tia Flanagan 101, Sonia Patel 109, Olivia Weiss 11, Katherine Carr 114
First Baptist Academy – Alexa Oates 84, Ellie Hendricks 99, Eva Lye 113, Kate Madden 140
Out of Door Academy – Christy Wyatt 96, Julie Viackova 101, Madeline Crosby 127, Savanna Fisher 153
Oasis – Alyssa Fritz 79, Savannah Cardinal 121, Maddie Cardinal 114, Faith Pawloski 171
St. John Neumann – Sophie Shrader 76, Jasmine Mendez 101, Isabella Alvarez 104, Kinsley Seeber 118, Rachel Krupka 120
Southwest Florida Christian Academy – Amanda Highinbotham 86, Kaci Richardson 103
Village School – Rebecca Davis 99, Gemma Crandall 129
Bonita Springs – Bettina Passos 93
Sarasota Christian – Sicilia Xie 88
Class 1A-Regional 6
At Laurel Oaks Golf Club, par 72
Cardinal Mooney 281, Community School 285, St. Stephens 310, Bishop Verot 315, St. John Neuman 331, Out of Door Academy 337, Seacrest 358, Evangelical Christian 360, Canterbury 369
Individual regional qualifiers
Reece Kyle (BV) 66, Jayson Iten (Seacrest) 71
1. Reece Kyle (BV) 66, 2. Robbie Higgins (CM) 68, T3. Jake Nash (CM) 69, T3. Noah Kumar (CM) 69, T3. Harrison Ornstein (CSN) 69, 6. Tommy Amendola (CSN) 70, T7. Jayson Iten (Seacrest) 71, T7. David Hu (St. Stephens) 71, T7. Josh Braverman (CSN) 71, 10. Blake Wheeler (Seacrest) 72
Bishop Verot – Reece Kyle 66, Arnie Gillard 79, Jacob Vetter 82, Jacob Whittington 88, Jimmy Miller 89
Bonita Springs – Mason Dozer 78
Bradenton Christian – Bryson Morishita 108
Canterbury – Jackson Gottko 78, Rick Zalewski 95, Jacob Schwartz 96, Grant Lucas 100, Carson Smith 124
Cardinal Mooney – Robbie Higgins 68, Jake Nash 69, Noah Kumar 69, Jake Hebda 75, Wyatt Plattner 76
Community School – Harrison Ornstein 69, Tommy Amendola 70, Josh Braverman 71, Tommy Pezeshkan 75, Jordan Law 86
Evangelical Christian – Ethan Craddock 87, Jarred Jordan 88, Jake Guttery 91, John Harley 94, Griffin Henry 103
First Baptist – Ryan Kris 87, Marc Oates 89, Chris Forsythe 99
Gateway Charter – Will Thorpe 92
Out of Door Academy – Jack Naese 74, Chris Heller 87, Jim Cai 88, John Vickery 88, Dylan Santella 89
Sarasota Christian – Roman Soloman 92, Tiger Zhang 95
Seacrest – Jayson Iten 71, Blake Wheeler 72, Zach Hamilton 104, Tyler Myers 111, Austin Stephen 135
Southwest Florida Christian Academy – Nicholas Newingham 88
St. John Neumann – Tyler Stamerro 78, Gus Vickers 79, Robert Walbert 85, Lucas Klotz 89
St. Stephens – David Hu 71, Noah Cone 77, Jet Chen 81, Holden Neeves 81, Connor McCray 105
Class 2A-Region 7
At The Quarry, par 72
Naples 292, Port Charlotte 327, Ida Baker 328, Estero 345, Barron Collier 347, Hardee 347, Sarasota Military Academy 351, Mariner 404, Cypress Lake DNF
Individual regional qualifiers
Jonah Winter (Booker) 73, Tyler Humphrey (Cypress Lake), 73
1. Jack Irons (N), 71, 2. Sam Kodak (N), 72, T3. James Tureskis (N) 73, T3. Tyler Humphrey (CL) 73, Jonah Winter (B) 73. T7. Ty Kaufman (Palmetto Ridge) 74, T7. Eddie Lainhart (Lemon Bay) 74, T7. Marc Kaneko-Fujii (PC) 74, 10. Gregory Moore (IB), 75.
Naples (292) – Jack Irons 71, Sam Kodak 72, James Tureskis 73, Chad Tracy 76
Port Charlotte (327) – Marc Kaneko-Fujii 74, Zach Starkey 78, Ben Goldman 86, Anthony Hodges 79
Ida Baker (328) – Gregory Moore 75, Blake Donnelly 81, Josh Diggs 83, Wade Thompson 89
Estero (345) – Landen Fiore 80, Steve Scherer 83, Luke Layden 90, Chase Waltzer 93
Barron Collier (347) – Jack Roseman 76, Jack McElrath 88, Buddy Packish 91, Colin Laughrey 92
Hardee (347) – Will Redding 77, Dylan Crawford 81, Gage Gough 81, Jace Bryan 98
Sarasota Military Academy (351) – Tim Williamson 77, Jack Greene 88, Zach Perron 93, Tyler Eckes 93
Mariner (404) – Austin Westling 87, Teddy Perchall 102, Clayton Weaver 106, Terry Stout 109
Cypress Lake (DNF) – Tyler Humphrey 73, Matt Wadding 76, Trevor Humphrey 77, Ryan Vega DQ
Class 2A-Region7 Girls
Estero 317, Naples 333, Barron Collier 353, Lemon Bay 354, Port Charlotte 453, Sarasota M.A. 503
Estero: Kim Egozi 70, Kelli Kragh 80, Chrissy Mackie 83, Meredith Brown 84
Naples: Vivian Guite 73, Ashley Zimmerman 79, Annika Church 85, Isabella Dorebonti 96
Barron Collier: Chelsea Baker 82, Alexandra Tomodan 83, Alexandra Quionez 84, Solana Gonzales 104
Cypress Lake: A’Layahna Checo 93, Mackenzie Wolf 146
Golden Gate: Stefany De La Hosa 139, Karen Aquirre 139
LaBelle: Emily Grant 185
Mariner: Mackenzie Paolino 98, Desiree Selby 131
North Fort Myers: Trista Trawick 118, Alexis Zergott 126
Palmetto Ridge: Megan Pagan 93
Class 3A-Region 5 tournament
At Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club, Sarasota
(Top 2 advance to state finals)
Gulf Coast 298, Sarasota-Riverview 311, Lakewood Ranch 315, Sarasota 322, Charlotte 330, Fort Myers 333, Plant City 344, Lithia-Newsome 366, Durant 406
Chartier (GC) 70, Perna (RV) 71, Angelo (LR) 72, Smith (CH) 73, Baker (GC) 75, Messina (GC) 76, Kuster (SA) 76, Hart (GC) 77, Evans (SA) 77, DeMichelle (RV) 79
(Top 2 on non-qualifying team)
Drew Angelo (LR) 72, Jacob Smith (CH) 73
Local team individual scores
Gulf Coast – Remi Chariter 70, Jordan Barker 75, Mason Messina 76, Ryan Hart 77, Jack Wehle 81
Fort Myers – Aidan Bennett 81, Logan Eakins 81, Josh Mesmer 82, Will Ferrell 89, Daylyn Salters 91
Charlotte – Jacob Smith 73, Billy Brumbaugh 80, Bryce Hayse 87, Connor Croke 90, Jackson Varner 116
Riverdale – Zack Ciofani 97, Will Taylor 102, David Rigley 111