LAKE WALES – Maybe it's like an average golfer going out and getting two holes in one in the same round.
Whatever it might be, Lake Wales has pulled off a pretty neat trick on the local links, for both the high school boys and girls golf teams will be heading the Florida High School Athletic Association's Class 2A state championship tournaments. Both are this week at the Mission Inn Resort at Howey in the Hills.
Both finished as runners up in the Class 2A, Region 6 event at Temple Terrace Country Club a couple weeks ago, capping what was for some an unlikely run. It is the first time in team history they collectively earned an invitation to the states.
To say it has been a great season would be an understatement. I took the program over mid-summer officially, met the girls end of July and went from there.
The Lady Highlanders had a perfect regular season, and their district title was the first in a dozen years. The team goes 10 deep and is made up of mostly underclassmen, including two juniors, two sophomores, and four freshmen.
“We have an extremely young squad, so it is exciting to know that we will only get better from here,” Butcher added. “To take the regional runner up with mostly underclassmen is a feat in itself as the winning school had three seniors on it.”
Sophomores Reeya Patel and sister Ria hold down two of the three top spots, and Jasmine Harris was team medalist at Regionals, with a very impressive 82. Sarah Deary, Sydney Deary, and Amelia Ingley rounded out the winning side.
On the boy's side, Clint Lerch and Calvin Whitaker each carded 83's to lead a big team effort. Cade Scarborough and Clay Jacobs each had an 85, while Owen Moses posted a 91 to earn their team berth.
Walker was impressive in the county championship event, finishing sixth with a three-over 75 at Highland's Reserve in Davenport.
All Saints will be back in the state tournament this year as one of the favorites in Class 1A.
Saints player Gage Carnes is a contender for medalist honors to boot. After learning about the tough Mission Inn track during states last year, and shooting an 82 in the first round, he came in at just one-over par 73 for his final 18. Aaron DeWitt is a name to remember. He has been impressive this year, including a round of 78 in the regionals.
And why is he a name to remember? He'll be teeing it up this week as just a sixth grader.