Forget the sand traps and the water hazards.
On Tuesday, the biggest water hazard for the girls playing at A.C. Read came from above.
A day after the boys portion of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes High School Golf Classic, blue skies gave way to dark clouds and a steady drizzle that turned into a torrential downpour by the end of the 18-hole tournament.
Despite the rain, Tate’s Miranda Holt managed to come out as the low medalist. Holt was the only player under par, carding a 1-under 71.
“I’ve played enough golf so I’m used to playing in the rain, but it was unreal,” Holt said. “Everything was soaked: I was soaked, my rain gloves were soaked, my club was slipping … I don’t know how I managed to do it. I’m still soaked.”
Niceville’s Antonia Poate (Even 72) finished second while Pensacola High’s Madison Pacheco (1-over 73) came in third.
“This is the first time I’ve come in first (at the FCA),” Holt said. “It feels good. I’ve been working really hard for this, and I love the FCA tournament. It’s my favorite tournament out of the whole year. It’s really special to me for it to be Fellowship of Christian Athletes and me be able to win it.”
On the team side of things, Milton High also picked up its first FCA victory.
After finishing third at the Miracle Strip tournament a week ago, the Panthers recorded a team score of 353 on Tuesday, finishing ahead of No. 2 Niceville and No. 3 Fort Walton Beach (which won a tiebreaker against Catholic).
“I’m so excited to be able to bring the girls over and win the FCA tournament,” said Milton High head coach Tracey Worrell. “It’s special to me because the girls were fortunate enough to go to FCA golf camp this year. That makes it even more special.”
Hallie Rice led the Panther squad with a score of 82. Lexi Worrell (84), Lauren Ybarra (93), Paige Moberly (94) and Connor McCreless (99) rounded out the scoring for Milton.
Rice said her most challenging hole was No. 7 on the Bayou Course.
“It was the first hole we were starting on, and my drive went to the left and hit a tree,” Rice said. “Then I hit my hybrid from the tree into the sand, and I got out of the sand really good, but then I three-putted which is tough. It was a tough way to start.”
A short while later, the sky opened up.
“It started raining on the 12th hole,” Rice said. “It was hard to keep my clubs dry and everything. I couldn’t see at all. It was definitely hard.”
The Panthers will play again Thursday at Tanglewood when they host Fort Walton Beach and Crestview.
Other area golfers with scores in the 80s included Pace’s Ashley Rogers (80), Washington’s Jade Sanders (80), Gulf Breeze’s Katt Crowdiss (83) and Catholic’s Abby Herrmann (86).