Estero junior Luke Farmer had one goal in mind heading into the Boys’ 2A FHSAA State Championships at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL; finish in the top five. Farmer battled difficult scoring conditions Wednesday and overcame a deflating triple bogey on the 12th hole to come home tied for third place, three shots behind medalist Cody Carroll of Middleburg High School.
After opening with a 72 on Tuesday, Farmer sat within two shots of the lead at one point on the back nine, but after a bogey on the 11th, Farmer took five putts from just off the 12th green from 40 feet to card a triple bogey on the par-3.
“It was just a bad misjudgment of speed on my part. It was disappointing to have that happen, but I was proud of how I bounced back from it and held it together from there on in.” Farmer said.
Farmer played the final six holes in 2-under, including birdies on the 14th and 16th holes to finish with a 75 on the El Campeon Course that yielded only one under par round the entire day.
“Today was probably the best putting round of my life, and I needed it because I only hit seven greens.” said Farmer. “I’m going to take a lot away from this experience knowing that I played really well on a tough golf course down the road.”
Estero sophomore Kim Egozi finished in a tie for 44th in the Girls’ 2A FHSAA State Championships after backing up her first round 88 with a 90.
Lee County was well represented at the FHSAA Bowling Championship individual qualifying in Orlando on Wednesday.
On the boys’ side, Cape Coral’s Noah Hamilton had a four game total of 904 to rank ninth out of 197 bowlers across the state. Nicholas Larsen of Island Coast had an 893 series to place 12th and Wyatt Smith had an 837 series to place 26th.
On the girls’ side, Island Coast’s Mikayla Simer qualified 14th with a 795 series, and teammate Kyndall Snyder placed 23rd with a 766 series. Kaela Ruby of Cape Coral sits in 38th place after a 722 series.
Individual bracket play will begin tomorrow to decide the state champion.
Riverdale 2, Lely 0: Ashlee Pendarvis tallied both goals to lead the Raiders (1-1) to their first victory of the season.
Bishop Verot 0, South Fort Myers 0: Michala Nesiti recorded 12 saves for the Wolfpack (0-1-1).