Prep golf | Manatee girls advance, Gianna Tomeo finishes second at Waterlefe

adell@bradenton.comOctober 15, 2013 

MANATEE -- Coming off her second straight Donald Ross Memorial title, Gianna Tomeo was looking to add more hardware to her cache of medals.

Unfortunately, the Manatee High standout had one bad hole, and it left her a stroke short Monday in the Class 3A-District 14 girls golf tournament at the Waterlefe Golf & River Club.

Tomeo double bogeyed the 13th hole and finished with a 74, which left her runner-up to her friend, Kadi Pallastrone from Riverview.

"The numbers just didn't add up. I am happy for her," Tomeo said. "It's a difficult course. It's very strategic. You have to plan out where you are going to hit. I played consistent. I just had that one hole with the double bogey."

Tomeo won district and region titles last year and finished 14th in the Class 2A state tournament last year. She wants to qualify for states again and put in a better performance.

Tomeo and Pallastrone have grown up on the golf course together and have taken turns getting the best of each other. They were in the same foursome when Tomeo struggled on the par-4 13th hole, giving Pallastrone an advantage she kept.

"You can't win everything. I played very well and she played well also," Tomeo said. "The goal for high school golf is to get to states and this year I am trying to get there and place. When we play ,it's back and forth all the time on who wins. We were tied going into the 13th.

"On that hole you have to hit your tee shot to the right, and I hit to the left and then went into the hazard and had to drop it," Tomeo said.

The top three teams and the top three individuals not on qualifying teams moved on to next Monday's region at Capri Isles Golf Club in Venice.

"A 74 out there is a fantastic score. I wasn't disappointed with her score," Manatee head coach Alan Johnson said. "She played a great round. She had that one bad hole on 13. Otherwise she was solid."

As expected, Venice dominated the field with a 328. Riverview finished second at 370, and Manatee grabbed the last spot with a 430 edging Sarasota, which had a 436. Lakewood Ranch finished with a 446, while Braden River and North Port did not qualify for team scores.

Manatee County girls grabbed the second and third individual qualifying spots. Braden River's Bianca Dean finished with a 103, one stroke behind individual leader Katherine Koach of Sarasota.

The last individual qualifying spot went to Lakewood Ranch freshman Theresa Morrissey, who shot a 105 and was in the parking lot ready to go home when someone told her she qualified.

"I am shocked. I had a 10 on hole number 2, and I got discouraged. But I managed through it and made some pars on the back," Morrissey said. "I was just trying to hang on. I usually break a hundred, and today I didn't so I thought I was probably out."

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