Viera’s Sierota wants another crack at state boys golf title
Viera High's Calvin Sierota is hoping to make it back to the state golf tournament for the fourth year in a row.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Calvin Sierota has been to the Class 3A state golf tournament three years in a row.
And now that he’s a senior, the Viera High star isn’t just hoping to make it back to the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills one last time.
He wants to go out on top.
“Obviously, I expect to make it,” Sierota said. “I’d like to win one.
“That course, it’s not my favorite, but I’ve played it enough times, I should be able to get used to it by now. … I need to get something going that week.”
Sierota, who has finished fifth, 12th and ninth in his three previous trips to the state tournament, certainly has been playing like someone capable of winning the title.
He shot a 65 at a tournament at Quail Valley last week and has shot under par in every match this season thanks in part to improvement in his mid iron play and a strong putting game.
“I’ve been playing really well,” Sierota said. “It feels good, putting in some work and getting some results.”
Sierota, who is committed to play at Florida State next season, has been trying to mentor some of the team’s younger players.
Four years ago, he was the only freshman on the Hawks’ roster. Now, he’s the only senior.
Junior Joe Malatino is the team’s No. 2 player, followed by Billy Barrett, Sam Karman and Colin Barrett.
Doug Gearhart plays No. 6 followed by Gage Guettler, Chandler Ratliff, Jacob Melby and Dylan Melby.
“Anything I can say to help them or encourage them … It’s fun,” Sierota said of playing the mentor role. “Sometimes, it happens unintentionally. It’s good to help them out.
“They’ve got potential. They’re young, so by the time they’re juniors and seniors, they should be pretty decent.”
This year’s district (Oct. 17) and regional tournaments (Oct. 23) will both be held at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links.
“This season has seen a tremendous growth of skill on the golf course since we last played in 2016,” Viera coach Paul Bentley wrote in an email. “Calvin and the rest of the team continue to make big strides in the game of golf.
“These young men also have an eye on their scholastic responsibilities as we finished second in the state last year in academics. The community and the parents of these kids should be really proud of what they are doing on and off the golf course.”