High School Sports

Prep golf | District tournament preview capsules

Following is a capsule look at the district golf tournaments involving area high school teams. The top three teams and top three individuals not on advancing teams qualify for the region meet.

Class 3A-District 14

Where: Boys, Misty Creek Country Club, Sarasota; girls, Mission Valley Country Club, Nokomis

When: Boys, 8 a.m. Monday; girls, 12:02 p.m. Tuesday

Noteworthy: The Lakewood Ranch boys team, fresh off its record fourth straight Donald Ross Memorial Invitational and seventh consecutive Manatee County titles last week, are the class of this district. On the girls side, Manatee features sisters Gianna and Gabrielle Tomeo. They led the Hurricanes to a third place showing at the Ross event. Venice, which won the Ross, is favored to take home district hardware as hosts in Nokomis. Braden River is the other area program competing.

Class 2A-District 19

Where: Boys and girls, Golf Hammock Country Club, Sebring

When: 9:27 a.m. Tuesday

Noteworthy: The good news for Palmetto and Southeast is that this is perceived as the weakest district among the three featuring area programs. Bayshore, which has struggled to field enough players to report a team score this fall, also is scheduled to compete. Sarasota Military Academy's boys team is favored to top the district. Other teams competing at the Sebring course include Wauchula Hardee, Arcadia DeSoto and Booker.

Class 1A-District 17

Where: Boys, Bent Tree Country Club, Sarasota; girls, Tatum Ridge Golf Links, Sarasota

When: Boys, 10 a.m. Monday; girls, 11:05 a.m. Monday

Noteworthy: The Saint Stephen's boys finished fourth in the Ross invitational and second in last week's county tournament. To boot, Falcons senior Jack Cen (runner-up at Ross, county individual champ) is peaking at the right time. Bradenton Christian's Philip Knowles should compete for an individual spot if the Panthers don't qualify as a team. Sarasota Christian, runners up in the Ross, is a title-contending team. The Saint Stephen's girls team, featuring sisters Michelle and Vanessa Yan, came close to repeating as Ross champs, falling nine shots shy of Class 3A Venice, and are favored to win this district. Michelle Yan captured the individual title at the Ross. Cardinal Mooney and Out-of-Door Academy round out area programs in the field.

-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer

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