About everything that could have gone wrong for Ida Baker senior Alec DiLallo on Monday in the District 2A-20 golf championships at Sanibel Island Golf Club did.
Except his tee shot from 13.
DiLallo took his nine iron and roped a near perfect shot to the pin before culminating the hole with a birdie, his only of the day.
Every shot counted for the Bulldogs, who claimed their second straight district title with a win by two strokes (335) over Cypress Lake, who fielded overall winner Tyler Humphrey, a freshman who began golfing just two years ago.
“I am happy,” Humphrey said, “even though the start was frustrating.”
Humphrey shot a tournament best 9-over 80 to claim his first district championship, while DiLallo finished two strokes behind — his six strokes on 18 certainly did not help, especially considering two of them were bad breaks.
“It’s always good to win a tournament,” Ida Baker coach Scott Conforte said. “I’m not happy with the numbers, but I’m happy with the result.”
While the Bulldogs punched their ticket to the regional tournament, Cypress Lake and Mariner fell in line with second and third-place finishes to earn automatic bids. The top three individual finishers outside players on the automatic qualifiers also earned tickets to regions.
That included North Fort Myers’ Logan Varsogea (94), Cape Corals’ Corey Williamson (99) and Island Coast’s Tyler Litten (100), who won a 2-shot playoff with LaBelle’s Josh Miller.
The tournament was a first for Lee County teams at Sanibel Golf Club. That decision came after Conforte said he was forced to host back-to-back tournaments, including next week’s Region 2A-7 tournament at Ida Baker’s home course, Palmetto Pines.
He didn’t want to host two weeks in a row at the same course, so he called Drew Donnelly, who owns the course and whose son, Blake, is a member of the Bulldogs golf team.
Donnelly obliged in a pinch.
The switch to Sanibel proved to be difficult for some players. No one shot under an 80, and players found it difficult to avoid hazards or perplexing holes.
“There is a lot of water, a lot of forced carries, a lot of hazards everywhere,” Conforte said. “It’s a little shorter than some of the courses, but I thought some of the scores would be lower. To see the scores this high was surprising.”
Donnelly’s son Blake, who is Ida Baker’s no. 2 golfer, had played the course many times before but left his outing disappointed after an 85.
“Overall?” Donnelly said, “We played like crap.”
District 2A-20 Golf at Sanibel Island Golf Club
1. Ida Baker 335; 2. Cypress Lake 337; 3. Mariner 387; 4. Island Coast 414; 5. North Fort Myers 458; 6. LaBelle 476; Cape Coral (DNS); Dunbar (DNS)
Ida Baker: Alec DiLallo 82, Ben Hunt 82, Blake Donnelly 85, Adrian Strey 86, TJ Clapp 89
Cypress Lake: Tyler Humphrey 80, Trevor Humphrey 82, Jacob Kalisik 83, Michael Junkin 92, Cole Mattheiss 92
Mariner: Joey Sagi 84, Wade Williamson 95, Jordan Dence 98, Austin Westling 110, Teddy Perchall 141
Island Coast: Tyler Litten 100, Paul Weigandt 104, Caden Gulmy 104, Forest Cheune 106, Sean Torrico 126
North Fort Myers: Logan Varsogea 94, Trent Dickey 114, Logan Shamp 122, Cameron Connelly 128, William Saidi 128
LaBelle: Josh Miller 100, Jason Mathis 111, Zach Price 125; Zach Tanner 140; George Downing 148
Cape Coral: Corey Williamson 99, Wyatt Maze 112, David Wishtischin 144
Dunbar: Ben Binkowski 123, Stan Kennedy 150