Griffin leads at state golf

Sebring freshman Kendall Griffin shot a 2-under 70 to take the first round lead at the girls Class 2A state golf tournament on Tuesday at Mission Inn Resort. The Blue Streaks shot a four-person team score of 416 which was good for 14th place after the first round. American Heritage led after the first round with a team score of 298. Griffin led Claudia De Antonio of American Heritage by one shot and Madison Pachecho of Pensacola by two shots heading into Wednesday's final 18 holes. The Sebring boys squad shot a four-person team score of 347 on Tuesday and are in ninth place in the boys Class 2A state tournament.
Blue Streak sophomore Nic Staffieri led the way with a 78, Freshman Sam Rogers carded an 87, senior Cullen Lovett had an 89 and freshman Ben Tubbs rounded out the team scoring with a 93. "We didn't play our best," said Sebring boys golf coach Vince Liles. "The course is really tough and the wind was blowing pretty hard which made the course play more difficult." This is the first time in school history that both the Sebring girls and boys qualified for the state golf finals in the same year. "We know we can play better and we're determined to shoot lower on Wednesday," said Liles. "This is a real learning experience for all of our golfers and we're going to try and finish with a solid round. "Kendall is a great player and her 70 was really good with the windy conditions and we're all rooting for her to play well and win the state championship." For the complete story on Wednesday's final round be sure to read the Highlands Today sports section. 863-386-5837.