FORT MYERS -- The Lakewood Ranch Mustangs didn't win their fifth straight Class 3A-Region 5 boys golf championship at the Plantation Golf and Country Club on Monday, but they did keep their hopes alive for a fourth straight Class 3A state title.
The Mustangs finished in second place as a team at the region meet with a team score of 292, four strokes behind first-place finisher Newsome High of Lithia, to clinch a berth to the Class 3A state championship competition.
"We're happy we qualified, we left some shots out there but I'm sure everybody did," Lakewood Ranch coach Dave Frantz said.
"We knew it was a tough proposition coming in here against Newsome, who finished second to us at states last year and third the year prior," Frantz said. "We didn't play quite as well, so my job is to try to get everybody on track and we have two weeks off to try and counteract the Newsome juggernaut."
The Mustangs were led by senior Barry McDonnell, who tied for the individual low of the tournament with Tyler Bakich of Newsome by shooting a 69 on the day.
"I feel very happy, I put in a lot of hard work," McDonnell said.
"I really enjoyed the golf course today, it's in great shape and really fits my eye. It just all clicked today, everything came together and I was able to piece together a really good number."
Andrew and Chandler Hammett of Braden River competed individually at the meet, but couldn't clinch an individual berth after shooting a 76 and 77, respectively. Manatee's Richard Bennett also competed as an individual, shooting an 87.