Hawks shoot state-best 304 at regionals to advance to state

Calvin Sierota qualifies for boys finals as individual


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Viera's Samantha Brimhall, shown here on the driving range at Duran Golf Club, was one of four Hawks to shoot in the 70s at the Class 3A regionals earlier this week.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The Viera High girls golf team is riding a big wave of confidence heading into next week’s Class 3A state tournament.

The Hawks combined to shoot 304 at their regional tournament on Monday at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links. It was the lowest score in the state, edging out Niceville (305) and defending state champ Lake Mary (310).

That means Viera’s girls will be in the top pairings when the two-day state tournament begins on Tuesday at the Mission Inn and Resort in Howie-in-the-Hills.

Although the Viera boys did not advance out of the regionals as a team, junior Calvin Sierota won medalist honors with a 2-under 70 to advance to the state tournament as an individual.

Viera’s girls were led by sophomore Manon Donche-Gay, who shot an even-par 72 to earn co-medalist honors. Senior Samantha Brimhall had a 76, followed by sophomore Mary Kate Smith with a 77 and freshman Briana Gabe with a 79. Junior Trinity Falzone shot 84.

“We’re playing our best golf at the right time as a team,” Viera coach Greg Ford said. “Finishing with the 304 was exactly what we wanted because we wanted to set ourselves up to be in the top pairings at the state finals.”

Viera, which won the state title two years ago, finished third last year behind Niceville and state champ Lake Mary.

The Hawks know they will be facing a tough challenge next week, but after their regional tournament, they feel ready.

“We’re excited,” Ford said. “We’re going to go into it with a very positive frame of mind. We’re hitting our peak at the right time, which is good. We’re all clicking and playing well.”