First Academy & Windermere Prep Win State Title
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Winter Park High School captured the 3A Florida High School Athletic Association Boys State Championship, while Lake Mary High secured the 3A girls title, as the FHAA State Championships concluded on Wednesday at Mission Inn Resort.
Entering the second round on Wednesday, Winter Park was tied with Gulf Coast (Naples) High School at 17-over 305. The Wildcats shot 10-over 298 on Saturday to overcome Gulf Coast and take home the state title. Andrew Clark led the way for Winter park carding a final-round two-under par 70.
Brett Roberts (St. Thomas Aquinas High School) won the individual boys title, posting a 6-under 135 for the tournament. He finished three stroke ahead of runner-up Brett Schell (Bartram Trail High School) and carded 12 birdies over the two-day championship. Schell, who finished at 3-under 136, had an ace in the first round on the par-3 second hole.
For the girls, Lake Mary secured the victory with a one-over 289 in the final round. The Rams has just a 1-stroke lead over Riverview (Sarasota) High School following the first round. Lake Mary posted a 6-over 582 for the championship. Karoline Tuttle carded two under-par rounds for the Rams on her way to the individual title. She finished the championship with a 3-under 138, after carding six birdies and an eagle.
Both Ponte Vedra High School and American Heritage School (Plantation) earned FHSAA State Championships. Ponte Vedra won the 2A boys title, and American Heritage secured the 2A girls title.
Luke Clanton and Casey Weidenfeld swept the individual championships for American Heritage.
For the boys, Ponte Vedra had a two-stroke lead over American Heritage after the first day of competition. The Sharks cared a 8-over 296 in the final round to earn the victory with an eight-over 598 for the championship. Davis Lee led the way for Ponte Vedra in the final round with a 1-under 71, one of only two under-par rounds of the day. Lee took home a tie for second finish, individually.
Clanton won the boys individual crown with the best round of the day on Saturday, 3-under 69. The freshman played 14 holes of bogey-free golf in the final round, with four birdies on the back nine.
On the girls' side, American Heritage held a strong lead following the first round and went on to win the title with a 14-over 302 on Saturday. The Patriots finished the event with a 21-over 597. Weidenfeld, who was tied for fifth after Friday's round, capture the individual title with a 1-under 71 in the final round, carding four birdies in the round and posting a even-par 144 for the championship.
Windermere Preparatory School and The First Academy (Orlando) both took home FHSAA 1A State Golf Titles. Windermere Prep captured the 1A Boys FHSAA State Championship, while First Academy took home the 1A Girls Title.
Individually, John DuBois (First Academy) finished first for the boys and Meiyi Yan (First Academy) secured first place for the girls.
Following the first day of play, Windermere held a t3hree-stroke lead over Providence School (Jacksonville) and The Benjamin School (Palm Beach Gardens). The Lakers played the second round at one-over 289 to secure win. Artem Yalovenko led the way for Windermere on Wednesday, birding the 17th and 18th holes to card a final-round even-par 72.
First Academy had a strong 10-stroke lead after the first round. The Royals posted three even-par or better rounds on Wednesday to win their second-straight state championship. Yan carded the best round of the day for First Academy, with a 3-under 69, on her way to the individual tile, as well. She totaled six birdies and two eagles in the event.
The boys’ individual title came down to a playoff between DuBois and Canon Claycomb, where DuBois came out on top.