The trip to this year’s FHSAA State Championship Tournament at Mission Inn Resort was a successful one; the Boys claimed the Championship and the Girls finished in 3rd place in their 16 team fields. The Boys competed on the difficult El Campeon course, and the girls competed on the Los Calinas course.
The Boys headed into the tournament as the favorite and did not disappoint as they came away with the tournament win. The path getting there was not an easy one. On Day one Daniel Core set the pace for the tournament with a 5 under par 67, followed by Canon Claycomb 3 under par 69 and Eugene Hong 73. All three were in the top 6 players of the 96 player field as the team finished in the lead with a team total of 8 over par 296. Matching the low score on this course in any prior State Championship. The difficulty came when Junior Evan Sun had to pull out after 3 holes due to a sore wrist. This left the final score in the hands of Johnny Wright who had his own battle with an illness that had started that same morning. Johnny finished with an uncharacteristic 87, many strokes higher than his norm. Both Evan and Johnny were at the Doctors office late Tuesday, both getting treatment, but leaving doubt whether either would be able to finish the tournament.
Day 2 on Wednesday morning brought good news in that Evan’s injury was muscular, so he could play, but it would hurt the entire round. Johnny rebounded with a renewed energy from the treatment, and ready to get even with the course. The team blew away the prior day’s tournament low score and separated from the field. Senior Eugene, stated he wanted to end his last season with a special round and he did with a 4 under par 68, Canon and Daniel also continued their stellar play with rounds of 72 and 73. The surprise was that Evan pushed through the pain in his wrist and finished with a 1 under par 71. Johnny also rebounded nicely with a score of 80. The one day team total of 4 under par 284 smashed the prior days scoring record. The 2 day total of 4 over par 580, gave the team a win by 22 shots and broke the scoring record for prior State Tournaments at this course by 24 shots.
The win gave Circle Christian it’s 4th State Championship, to go along with 2 second place, 2 third place, and 2 fourth place finishes in the State Championship Tournament.
Team – 296 / 284 = 580
Daniel Core – 67 / 73 = 140 – 2nd place
Eugene Hong – 73 / 68 = 141 – 3rd place – tied
Canon Claycomb – 69 /72 = 141 – 3rd place – tied
Evan Sun – WD / 71
Johnny Wright – 87 / 80 = 167
Circle’s Girls team also had an impressive tournament, as they looked to continue their late season run of good team scoring. They were paired with two familiar teams in The First Academy and Lake Mary Prep, as the three entered the tournament as the top 3 seeds in the 16 team field.
The Girls did just that as all five players finished with scores in the 70’s on the tight Las Colinas course. The team score after Day 1 was 304, averaging 76 per player. Individual scoring was Faith Silverman 74, Sydney Hoskins 76, Sarah Scott 76, Rachel Silverman 78, and Alex Crafton 79. This was a solid score, but left them trailing both TFA and LMP who were 5 under par and 4 over par as a team.
The team started slowly on Day 2 and midway through the round were trailing Palm Beach Benjamin. Midway through the round they regrouped led by Sydney’s even par round of 72. The team moved back into 3rd place and held off Benjamin by 3 shots. Sydney was followed by Rachel 77, Alex 78, Faith 81, and Sarah 83.
The girls now have finished in the Top 4 spots in the State Tournament in each of the last 5 years.
Congrats to Circle Alums Jhared Hack (2007) and Michael Hebert (2009) who are progressing through PGA Web.com Tour Q School through the 2nd stage into the Q School finals to retain their Web.com status. Samantha Wagner (2015) who has also moved through the 2nd stage of LPGA / Symetra Tour Q School in her first attempt.