Bolts nip Streaks on links

AVON PARK - The Sebring girls golf team gave a valiant effort in Tuesday's dual match against Ridge Community at Highlands Ridge North. The Blue Streaks, who were competing without their top player in Kendall Griffin, who was returning from playing in a tournament in China, shot a four-person team score of 208 for nine holes, while the Bolts finished one stroke better at 207. Leading the way for Sebring was sophomore Meghan Griffin with a 45, junior Megan Crews and sophomore Avie Clark each shot a 47 and Alex Hornick came in with a 65. "I'm proud of the girls for doing the best they could," said Sebring girls golf coach Lisa Lovett. "It was a close match and all of the girls are working hard to improve their golf games.
"It's early in the season and we'll be back at full strength for our next match." The Blue Streaks are back on the links today with a tri-match against Hardee and McKeel Academy at Torrey Oaks golf course in Bowling Green. The Sebring boys golf team was on the road at Lakeland for a tri-match against Lakeland High and George Jenkins on Tuesday. Lakeland finished first with a score of 160, while the Blue Streaks shot a four-person team score of 168 at Eaglebrook Country Club. Freshman Sam Rogers fired a team-best 40 over the tight and demanding course, Ben Tubbs and Mathew Arnan each shot a 42 and Nic Staffieri rounded out the team scoring with a 44. "We have to have better course management," said Blue Streak boys golf coach Vince Liles. "Eaglebrook is very tight and you have to keep the ball in play. "We have a lot of talent on this team, but some of our guys lack experience and they're learning with each match they play in." The Blue Streaks host Winter Haven and Frostproof on Tuesday at Sun 'n Lake Golf Club. The Lake Placid boys golf team started the season on a positive note with a win over Clewiston on Tuesday at Placid Lakes Country Club. The Green Dragons had a four-person team score of 184 while the Tigers came in at 194. Lake Placid was paced by freshman Sam Callahan who carded a 40, freshman Chance Bertram came in with a 45, senior Brent Didomenico fired a 46 and sophomore Rocco Warner rounded out the team scoring with a 53. "It's great to start the season off with a win," said Green Dragon boys golf coach Dan Coomes. "The boys have been working on their games and we're looking forward to the season." Lake Placid gets back in the swing of things on Tuesday when the Green Dragons host DeSoto and LaBelle in a nine-hole match at Placid Lakes. 863-386-5837