Player of the Year
Circle Christian, Soph.
Buzz: In his first season on the Florida golf circuit, Claycomb was 34 under par for 135 holes – which averages to 4.5 under per 18 holes. He shot 63 and 64 in district and region tournaments, respectively, and 69-72—141 to tie for third in the 1A state tournament.
Did you know: In October, Claycomb won the Ping Invitational, an amateur tournament featuring 14 of the top 20 players in the Rolex AJGA rankings. He made eagle on his final hole to beat Jordan Spieth’s tournament record.
Sentinel coverage area teams once again excelled at the state golf tournament, with Lake Mary and The First Academy taking two of the three available FHSAA classification championships. Two area girls won individual state champions and three were state runners-up. Here is the All-Area team, led by superb sophomore Canon Claycomb, who moved to the Orlando area from Kentucky as one of the top young golfers in the world.
Nick Bessire, Boone, Sr.
Buzz: Shot 69 to win district, 68 at region, 79-73—152 at 3A state.
Daniel Core, Circle Christian, Sr.
Buzz: 1A state runner-up with 67-73—140; also shot 70 in district tourney.
John Dubois, The First Academy, Jr.
Buzz: District 67 for second, 72 region, 73-75–148 at state for tenth place.
Eugene Hong, Circle Christian, Sr.
Buzz: 65 district, 67 region, Qdoba winner 72-65-137, 141 state to tie for third.
Andrew Klem, Spruce Creek, Jr.
Buzz: 73.9 average for 18 holes; tie second in 3A state with 2-over 72-74—146.
Joseph Pagdin, Lake Nona, Soph.
Buzz: 34.3 avg. includes school-record 31; district champ 69; 73-77—150 state.
Artem Yalovenko, Windermere Prep, Jr.
Buzz: 69 at region, 71 at district, 76-70—146 at state to tie for seventh in 1A.
Jonathan Yaun, Lake Minneola, Sr.
Buzz: 3A state champ (69-73—142) also shot 69 for district title, 67 for region crown.
Sampson Zheng, First Academy, Soph.
Buzz: 1A district champ with a 66, fifth at state with a 72-71—143.
Ignacio Arcaya, Bishop Moore, Sr.
Buzz: Region champ (71), third at Qdoba (145), tie for 11th at 2A state (155).
Eric Berggren, Windermere Prep, Jr.
Austin Cherichella, Lake Nona, Soph.
Nicholas Diebel, Bishop Moore, Sr.
J.D. Driscoll, Lake Mary Prep, Jr.
Joseph Pinel, The First Academy, Sr.
Joshua Stewart, Oviedo, Fr.
Brendan Valdes, Dr. Phillips, Fr.
Pierre Viallaneix, Winter Park, Sr.
Written by : TJ Knapp and Buddy Collings, Contact Reporter
Photo credit: (Max Fay / Orlando Sentinel)