Tomlinson helps Oak Hall to girls golf title

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 12:25 a.m.

After losing the Alachua County Tournament title to Buchholz a year ago, breaking a string of four straight championships, junior Taylor Tomlinson and the Oak Hall girls golf team planned to reclaim the top spot Thursday at Haile Plantation Country Club.

Behind Tomlinson's third straight medalist title, the Eagles did just that.

Tomlinson, who committed to UF on Tuesday, shot a season-best 6-under 66, picking up an eagle on the par-5 17th, along with birdies on No. 6, 9, 10, 14 and 15.

Oak Hall, which totaled 321, finished 10 strokes ahead of Buchholz (331), was led by second-place finisher Kathryn Gagnon, who shot a 77.

The Eagles' No. 4 player, Chandler Whitefield, fired an impressive round of 80 for third place individually, which basically clinched the match for Oak Hall.

When Tomlinson completed her round, the Eagles had an 11-shot lead.

“It felt easy,” she said. “I actually didn't get a chance to warm up any.

“The first couple of holes I didn't know what to expect, but I ended up with birdies on the first two holes. I ended up playing pretty well.”

Columbia, which finished third at 445, was led by Gillian Norris (81) who placed fourth individually. Gaby Amos of Buchholz came in fifth (82). Rounding out the remaining team finishes was Santa Fe in fourth (468), followed by Gainesville (500), Eastside (560) and Newberry (569).

The Eagles should be heavy favorites heading into Tuesday's District 4 tournament at Ironwood Golf Course.

A year ago they won districts by 100 strokes, and followed that up with the Region 2 championship.

Tomlinson said she tried not to think about winning her third straight county title.

“I just kind of played it hole by hole,” she said. “I definitely love playing well and supporting my team. We didn't like it too much losing it to Buchholz last year.”

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