Tigers hope Schwab, Muniz can lead way to district title


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Holy Trinity's Brandon Schwab enjoys the pressure of knowing he's a big key to his team's success.

Viera Voice Carl Kotala

If the Holy Trinity boys golf team is going to reach its goal this season, the Tigers are going to need a strong performance from their top two players each and every match.

And that’s just fine with senior Brandon Schwab and junior Daniel Muniz.

“I like having the pressure on me, and I think Daniel likes it, too,” Schwab said. “(We like) just knowing we’re kind of controlling the fate of the team, depending on how we play that day.”

Knowing how hard it will be to get out of a region that features perennial state title contenders from the Orlando area (like Circle Christian), the Tigers have set their sights on winning a title that’s a little more close to home.

“We’re basically trying to win our district,” Holy Trinity coach Ron Benfield said. “I think every match we’ve improved score-wise.”

The Tigers lost to Cocoa Beach earlier in the season, but came back to tie the Minutemen in their second meeting, proving to themselves that there is no doubt they have the goods to make a run at that district title.

In addition to Schwab and Muniz, the Tigers will be counting on some consistent play from the rest of a group that includes sophomore Rahul Parasanna at No. 3, senior (and most improved since last season) Preston Konold at No. 4 and eighth-grader Cody Royston in the fifth spot.

Benfield rotates the No. 6 position between eighth grader John DeLuca, seventh grader Mitch McCullar or eighth grader Joe Coston.

“We’ve been getting better and better gradually, but we can definitely still step it up a little bit,” Schwab said. “.. The lower half is still developing. There’s a lot of young kids in the lower half of our top six, but they’ll be good for years to come.”

As for his own game, Schwab said he has gotten much better at managing his way around the golf course.

“Last year, I was doing all kinds of crazy stuff. I didn’t really care,” he said. “But this year … if I need to get to 150, I’ll hit the exact club I need instead of trying to get as close as I can and then having to worry about a little flop shot or something.”

The Tigers will host the Class 1A, District 12 tournament at Suntree Country Club on Oct. 16. Start time is 8 a.m.