HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

Roundup: Runner-up Buchholz golf advances to state tournament


Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 10:50 p.m.

The Buchholz girls golf team booked its third straight trip to the state championships Tuesday behind its runner-up finish at the Region 1-3A tournament in Tallahassee.

Bobcats senior Gaby Amos paced her team with a round of 79 to finish sixth overall at Hilaman Park Golf Course. Cantonment Tate’s Naranda Holt was the overall medalist after scoring a 2-under 70.

Buchholz finished 14 strokes behind regional champion Orange Park Fleming Island and edged Niceville’s 353 by one stroke to earn its Class 3A finals berth, which will be played Nov. 5-6 at the Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills.

“We were really excited this year after losing our two top seniors from last year,” BHS coach Marc Ellard said. “(Amos) has been our leader and she’s been consistent throughout the entire postseason.”

Also contributing to the Bobcats’ 352 total was Chelsea Stilwell (83), Jodie Karsono (94) and Alyson Hollingsworth (96). Ellard said the four Buchholz golfers’ low scores were able to bounce Niceville from the state tournament for the first time in 15 years.

“That’s kind of how they’ve done all year,” he said. “Our No. 1 and No. 2 have been really close together as have our No. 3 and No. 4. It was a rainy day all around, but we just grinded it out and kept playing.”

Region 1-3A: The Bobcats boys team also competed in Tallahassee, finishing third overall with a score of 298 at the Seminole Golf Club.

While Buchholz narrowly missed a berth to the state tournament by two strokes behind Jacksonville Sandalwood (295) and regional champion Tallahassee Chiles (293), BHS senior Tyler Allen advanced individually after finishing third overall with a 71. Sandalwood’s Travis Trace was the overall medalist and scored a 68.

Allen finished his round in the three-way tie with Niceville’s Mark Connelly and Gainesville’s Pureun Kim, a High Point (N.C.) University commitment. In a one-playoff, Kim bogeyed, while Allen and Connelly both scored par to advance.

The regional tournament marked the second time in the last two weeks that Allen and Kim have needed to finish their round with a one-hole playoff. On Oct. 10, Allen edged Kim in an extra hole to claim the John and Ann Ives Invitational at Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club.

As one of two individual qualifiers for the Class 3A finals, Allen will next compete from Nov. 5-6 at the Mission Inn Resort and Club.

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