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Palm Beach Gardens Boys, Spanish River Girls Tops In Palm Beach County Championship

The boys’ golf team at Palm Beach Gardens High School and the girls’ team from Spanish River won their divisions at the Palm Beach County Championship, held Thursday, Nov. 12 at Wellington National Golf Club.

Boca Raton’s Frankie Harris

Each team had advanced to the state championship in 2019, but their hopes to return this season were squashed by the coronavirus – most public schools from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties opted out of the FHSAA’s fall sports postseason.

The new plan was for each to hold a county championship, and the top three teams and individuals would advance to a spring Tri-County Championship.

Palm Beach Gardens (303) edged Boca Raton by three shots, led by senior Jack Hasson (73). Senior Tyler Mistretta and junior Aidan MacFarquhar posted 75s and junior Davis Dickinson an 80.

Boca Raton’s Frankie Harris was the only boy to break par, at 3-under 69, to capture the individual championship. James Brooks (72) was second individually, leading Spanish River (307) into the final team qualifying spot.

The non-attached individuals who qualified were Dwyer’s Chris Calvani (73), Dwyer’s Jack Quinn (75) and Palm Beach Gardens’ Billy Reid (77).

Spanish River's Makenna Rodriguez and Kyrsten Shawah

The Spanish River girls (341) were led by Makenna Rodriguez’s 71 – the only score under par on the girls’ side – and Kyrsten Shawah’s 74. They finished 1-2 among individuals.

Boca Raton’s Noelle Jensen (81), Dreyfoos’ Emma Troast (84) and Boca Raton’s Summer Pilot (86) advanced to the Tri-County to play for the individual title.

Despite the time change’s shortened days and the peak of golf season arriving, Wellington National generously offered to host the Palm Beach County Championship on extremely short notice.

“The ownership, members and staff of Wellington National absolutely saved the day,” said Carl Mistretta, executive director of First Tee – Palm Beaches and a member of the tournament committee. “General Manager Ted Strelec and Assistant Golf Professional Anthony Colelli worked tirelessly over the last week to bring it all together for these students.”

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission also sponsored the tournament and gave each student that competed a tee gift and covered the cost of lunch for the coaches.

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