Viera High girls golf team wins 3A state championship

It's second title in Viera history; Rajeski finishes fifth


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Members of the Viera High girls golf team pose with their medals and the Class 3A state championship trophy. It's the second time in school history the Hawks have claimed the state title.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

TAVARES – Moments after tapping in on the 18th hole of Wednesday’s final round of the Class 3A girls state golf championship, Viera High’s Taylor Rajeski heard her teammates clapping.

“I could just tell by the smiles on their faces, we looked good,” the junior said.

Oh the Hawks looked good, all right … especially when they got to hold up that state championship trophy.

Viera shot a team total of 309 Wednesday at the Deer Island Country Club in Tavares to win the second state golf championship in school history. The Hawks finished with a two-day total of 625, five shots better than second-place Lake Mary.

The Hawks, who were the state runner up last year, had set the state championship as their goal all season long. Coming through and winning the title …well, that just made victory taste even sweeter.

“We knew we had the horses to do it,” Hawks coach Greg Ford said. “We just had to set our goals and go after it. This group is amazing. These girls consistently just raise the bar for our program, and now they’ve raised it even higher by doing this.

“They’re all great girls. They’re all extremely hard workers and they’re great in the classroom as well. We’re just very proud to have them represent us.”

It’s the second time the Hawks have finished second in the state tournament only to win it the following year. The 2010 state championship Viera team went that route, too.

Rajeski shot 76 Wednesday to finish with a two-day total of 149, which put her fifth in the state individually. Junior Sophie Liu shot 74 and had a two-day total of 153. Freshman Dayna Owens came in with a 79 Wednesday to finish with a score of 159. Sophomore Samantha Brimhall followed up her opening day 84 with an 80 on Wednesday and finished with a 164.

Freshman Amber Rivera shot 99-98 for 197. Viera High's Taylor Rajeski (left) chest bumps with friend and teammate Samantha Brimhall after receiving their state championship medals.

The Hawks, who opened the day with a three-shot lead over Cypress Bay, came up with a number of big shots Wednesday, including a great up-and-down save by Owens on the 14th hole after her second shot went over the green.

“That was one of the biggest (shots), because she really had it rolling on the back nine,” Ford said. “She took that quadruple bogey on the front (nine) and just rebounded from that extremely well the rest of the day.

“I could pinpoint a lot of different things. Sam turned her round around and really played well on the back and finished strong. Taylor and Sophie both had great days again. It was an all-around effort. But that’s the consistency all year – we were deeper than most other teams.”

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