Long after her round was over, Maclay senior golfer Caroline Parrish threw on a Florida State sweatshirt, a subtle reminder of her collegiate commitment.
The chill in the Tuesday air was not yet gone at Killearn Country Club by afternoon, but Parrish supplied the morning’s heat, firing a career-best 2-over-par 74 to take medalist honors at the city championship.
“I was hitting everything pretty solid, but wasn’t making any putts,” said Parrish, who also won last year. “But I was able to get it up on the green and two-putt for par most holes.”
Behind Parrish’s superb score, which saw 16 pars and two front-nine bogeys, and an 81 from runner-up Kolby McWilliams, the Marauders’ four-person total of 413 was enough to edge Chiles by eight strokes for the team title.
“I think both of them have pushed each other all year, but having (John Paull II’s) Teresa (Conroy) in the picture, they knew they had to play good golf today,” Maclay coach Mike McGrotha said. “I call them the ‘Dynamic Duo,’ and they are definitely that.”
Conroy shot 86 to take third, while Panthers teammate Grace Murray came in fourth with a 91. They are the only golfers John Paull II is able to run out on a course, meaning team achievements are out of the picture, but their individual talent will provide postseason opportunities.
“Teresa and Caroline have played head-to-head in many matches this season, and they really pump each other up,” Panthers coach Dudley Brewton said. “Teresa didn’t play very well today — it was her worst nine-hole scores of the season. But if Teresa keeps advancing, and hopefully Grace will as well, we can get someone to the state tournament.”
Wakulla’s Micahlyn Jeziorski shot 95, good for fifth individually, and teammate Kenzie Lee carded a 102 to lead the War Eagles to a third-place finish.
Hailey Eby shot 100 for Lincoln, Godby’s Kierra White 103, Florida High’s Morgan Sinclair 104 and Leon’s Selby Proctor 105 as their teams’ low scorers. Chiles didn’t have one player go low, but all five Timberwolves were within nine strokes of each other. Lindsey Nichols (103) recorded Chiles’ low round, as the squad hopes to drop a few big numbers per golfer, and do it in the same match.
“I’ve got a young team and they’re all equal, within four or five strokes of each other,” Chiles coach Lori Nevin said. “They all have a good time and they fluctuate, one shoots lower and the others support each other. We can get better, and we know that.”