Sierota ties for ninth at state golf tournament

Viera High junior makes bold vow for next season



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Viera High's Calvin Sierota chips the ball onto the green on the 18th hole at the Mission Inn Resort & Club Wednesday Sierota finished tied for ninth at the Class 3A state tournament.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS – When you’re only goal is to win the state championship, anything less is a little disappointing.

So after finishing tied for ninth in the Class 3A state tournament Wednesday afternoon, Viera High junior Calvin Sierota was … well … disappointed.

“Not good,” Sierota said of his overall play in the two-day tournament. “Definitely short of what I wanted to do.”

After shooting a 1-over 73 in Tuesday’s opening round that had him just three shots off the lead, Sierota fired a 6-over 78 at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills Wednesday for a two-day total of 151.

“Coming into today, I thought I had a chance,” Sierota said. “But I needed to play well. That didn’t happen.”

He may not have reached his ultimate goal, but Sierota has already proven he is one of the best high school golfers in the state.

The Florida State commit qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur over the summer. He then went on to win all of his regular-season matches along with the Titan Invitational title and the district championship.

He also won the regional championship to qualify for the state tournament as an individual.

“It’s tough just getting here,” Hawks coach Paul Bentley said. “There were a lot of things that needed to happen – health, grades, access, ability, parents, teachers … all that stuff comes in(to) play.

“You look at that leaderboard, hardly anyone was breaking 80 today. Golf’s a tough game.”

If anything, not reaching his goal this season has made Sierota even more determined to come back as a senior next year and take another crack at it.

“I promise you I’ll get it next year,” he said.