Sebring swings to victories

SEBRING - The Sebring boys golf team continued its outstanding play with a pair of wins on Thursday afternoon at Sun 'n Lake Golf Club. The Blue Streaks shot a four-person team score of 158 for nine holes to finish first, while George Jenkins placed second with a 163 and Lake Gibson finished third with a score of 169 over the demanding back nine of the Turtle Run course. "I was proud of the way the boys played in the light rain and windy conditions," said Sebring boys golf coach Vince Liles. "We have a lot of talent and depth on the team this year and each week we have different players stepping up and performing well." Sebring was paced by Ben Tubbs, Sam Rogers and Nic Staffieri who each shot a 39 and Jeremy Camino rounded out the team scoring with a 41.
"Those 39s are good scores,"Liles said. "Turtle Run is a tough course that you have to keep the ball in play and our guys are doing a much better job of course management. "Every stroke counts and if we want to reach our goal of qualifying for the regional tournament we have to keep playing well." Both the Sebring boys and girls are hosting the annual Crutchfield/Hawkins Invitational on Monday. The Blue Streak boys will host 40 teams at Sun 'n Lake Golf Club with both the Deer Run and Turtle Run courses being utilized. "This is one of the biggest high school golf tournaments in the state," said Liles. "We have some of the top programs in the state competing and it's always a highlight of the season." Some of the teams competing in the one-day 18 hole event are Lakewood Ranch, Lake Mary Prep, West Orange, Kings Academy and Archbishop McCarthy. "We have teams from all over the state playing in this tournament," Liles said. "This is a great barometer to see how we stack up against excellent competition. "This is a perfect tuneup for the district tournament because it's 18 holes and there is a lot of pressure to play well." The Sebring girls will host their tournament at Highlands Ridge North and more than 20 teams are expected to compete in the 18-hole event. The Blue Streaks are playing well and will get a chance to see how they measure up against some very talented squads from across the state. The regular season ends on Oct. 7 and the district tournaments begin on Oct. 14. 863-386-5837