Lakewood Ranch boys golf gets day in honor of state championships

Mustangs receive proclamation for 3rd straight state crown

jdill@bradenton.comDecember 18, 2013 

Lakewood Ranch golf team members, from left, Kelly Sun, Charlie Sun, assistant coach Matt Gordon, head coach Dave Frantz, Luke Miller, Ramsey Touchberry and Danny Walker proudly wear their state championship medals after winning a third straight crown Nov. 6 in Howey-in-the-Hills. JASON DILL/Bradenton Herald

BRADENTON -- The honors keep piling up for the Lakewood Ranch boys golf team.

A month after claiming a state record-tying third straight Florida High School Athletic Association team golf championship, the Mustangs were awarded a proclamation Tuesday at the Manatee County Commission meeting declaring the day Lakewood Ranch High School Pride Day.

"A couple years ago, I was honored to stand here and receive our proclamation," said Frantz to the board in recalling the Mustangs' first state championship. "... We are just honored to receive this proclamation and to have Lakewood Ranch Pride Day declared in front of the Manatee County Commission."

The Mustangs became the first public school to win three consecutive boys team golf titles in Florida state history and finished if off this year with a star-studded lineup that included seniors Ramsey Touchberry and Danny Walker along with junior Luke Miller and sophomore brothers Kelly and Charlie Sun.

En route to the title, Ranch set a program record with

an 18-under-par 270 total in blowing out the competition at the district tournament at the Venetian Golf and River Club in Venice.

"It's cool that they recognize us and are aware of the success that we've had," said Walker, a University of Virgina signee.

Buoyed by such a dominating regular season and early postseason, the Mustangs entered the state tournament as the favorites and did not disappoint. Lakewood Ranch tied the now-defunct Bradenton Prep as the only Florida boys golf teams to win three straight crowns.

The victory capped a Hall of Fame career for head coach Dave Frantz, who is retiring with 697 wins in 14 seasons at Ranch. Frantz spent 28 seasons coaching high school golf in the area.

Touchberry, who is signed to play college golf at the University of Florida, agreed with Walker that it was nice to receive recognition from the county for their golf accomplishments.

"Downtown, they're near all the Manatee High School hype with the football program," Touchberry said. "We're kind of out east and lay low. And we're golfers. It doesn't always bring all the spotlight."

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