Westmoreland battles the elements at state golf tourney

Westmoreland battles the elements at state golf tourney

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Westmoreland battles the elements at state golf tourney

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How windy was it at the FHSAA Class 1A Finals in boys golf on Tuesday?

Well, Florida High’s Henry Westmoreland usually hits his 6-iron around 200 yards. At Mission Inn Resort, outside of Orlando, the junior landed his approach shot short of the green on the par-4 seventh hole from 150 yards away.

With a 6-iron.

“It was into the teeth of the wind and I was like, ‘Wow,’ ” Westmoreland said.

“The wind was howling all day and the conditions were unforgiving. But that’s golf and you have to play through it. I am still in good position.

“If I can keep my mental game going and keep everything even keel, I can shoot very well (today).”

Westmoreland survived the challenging conditions and shoot a 5-over par 77, five strokes behind the leader heading into today’s final 18 holes.

In Class 1A girls at Mission Inn Resort, the Maclay Marauders struggled with the wind and were in 15tn place out of 16 teams.

Kolby McWilliams shot a 92 to lead Maclay, followed by Caroline Parrish (99).

John Paul II freshman Teresa Conroy fired an 85 and is tied for 45th in the individual standings heading into today’s final round.

In the Class 2A Finals at Deer Island Golf and Lake Club in Tavares, the Chiles boys golf team battled similar elements and is within striking distance of a top-five finish.

The Timberwolves were in ninth place after the opening round, which saw just one player in the 16-team field shoot even par.

Defending state champions Lakewood Ranch was in first place with a team total of 309, 15 strokes in front of Chiles (324). The Timberwolves finished 15th out of 16 teams last year.

Five Chiles players were within four strokes of each other, with Bennett Baker posting a team-best 8-over par 80.

“Under the conditions, especially the wind, which was probably kicking around 20-miles per hour, I was pleased,” Chiles coach Ken Smith said.

“It was also around 48 degrees when the kids teed off, so it took us a little while to warm up. We have five or six teams in front of us who are withing striking distance.”

The tourney’s final 18-hole round is today.

Chase Burkhalter (81), Fletcher Morgan (81), Eligh Hendricks (82) and Matt Young (84) rounded out Chiles’ individual scores.

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