What might have been a round good enough to qualify for the state finals ended in heartbreak for Bishop Verot golfer Hallianne Hobson on Monday afternoon in the Region A-6 golf tournament.
Hobson was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard, voiding what would have been a 79 and a spot in a playoff for a state finals berth.
Hobson tied Shelby Hart of McKeel Academy and Ann Buersmeyer of Community School of Naples before tournament officials determined she had signed for a five at No. 18 when she actually shot a 6.
Bradenton St. Stephen’s won the girls meet with a 313 and St. John Neumann finished second with a 352. Both will move on to the state finals at Arbor Hills Country Club in The Villages next week.
Buersmeyer and Hart will also play in the finals individually.
“We’re not going to let one bad break ruin what was a pretty good season for our team,” said Bishop Verot coach Ed Lockard.
“We have no disappointments. It was obviously difficult for both her and I, but she’s learned from it and I told her ‘bad times build character.’ She’s handled it pretty well.”
Marissa Lee of ECS also shot a 91 in her final round of the season.
Evangelical Christian School’s Shane Reynolds also narrowly missed a spot in the finals on the boys side of the tournament.
Despite several great shots throughout his 18-hole round, the freshman missed out on a state finals berth by three shots.
Reynolds shot a two-under par 74 for the Sentinels, who finished fifth in the tournament at Hideout Golf Club in Naples.
“This is a great course, and in great shape,” Reynolds said. “I made some big putts and hit the driver solidly all day. I just was able to keep it straight.”
Reynolds had a few heroic shots such as a 30-foot birdie putt on the first hole, a 50-footer for birdie at No. 2 and a chip in to save par at No. 13.
“I feel that I played pretty well today, although it wasn’t quite good enough,” Reynolds said.
“My 7-iron went particularly well, especially on the third hole when I hit one to within a few feet of the cup.”
Sarasota Christian won the tournament with a 291 and Community School was 296. Those two move on to the state finals at Deer Island Golf Club in Tavares next week.
Phillip Knowles of Bradenton Christian (69) and Trent Harris of Lakeland Christian (71) were the two low scores from a team that didn’t qualify and will also move on to Deer Island.