Gabe shoots 66 as Viera girls advance to regionals

Viera’s Karman also headed to regionals, Holy Trinity boys sixth


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Viera High's Briana Gabe won the individual championship at the Class 3A, District 7 tournament by shooting a 66. The Viera girls team advanced to Monday's regionals.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

Briana Gabe had herself quite a day, and the Viera High girls golf team is moving on to the Class 3A, Region 2 tournament.

Gabe, a senior, shot a 66 at the Royal St. Cloud earlier this week to take the District 7 individual championship.

The Hawks, who shot 317 as a team, saw their streak of 11 straight district titles come to an end when Lake Nona came in with a 307. But Viera’s second-place finish ensured the Hawks a trip to the regionals, which are scheduled for Monday at the West Orange Country Club.

“We knew they (Lake Nona) were good, but it’s all about surviving and advancing and we easily did that,” Viera coach Greg Ford said.

“We played pretty good. I can’t really fault them. We didn’t make any major mistakes. We just got beat by a better team and that’s understandable.”

No one was better than Gabe on that day. The 66 was her lowest score in a competitive event.

“She was just ready to play,” Ford said. “There’s no doubt. She couldn’t wait to get to the first tee. She was just really chomping at the bit to get out there and start playing.

“She was patient and let things happen and everything went great for her.”

Ana Maria Tea shot 78 for Viera. Brittany Odic came in at 83 and Rebecca Luchs shot a 93. Katie Latham had a 96.

The state tournament is set for Oct. 29 and 30 at the Mission Inn & Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills. The Hawks have been regular participants, but will need to get through a tougher region to qualify once again.

“There are some good teams out there,” Ford said “It’s going to take another really good effort by us to get through, but we’ll see what we do.”

Karman advances, Viera boys come up just short

Sam Karman shot 74 to advance to the Class 3A regional tournament, but the Viera boys team missed getting out of districts by one shot.

Senior Douglas Gearhart shot 78 for Viera. Senior Dylan Melby was next with an 83 and sophomore Christopher Hoffman shot 86. Senior Jacob Melby had an 88.

Karman, a junior, made it to the state tournament as an individual last year. He will try to make it back-to-back tips to Howey-in-the-Hills when he plays in the regional tournament on Tuesday at Orange Lake – The Legends.

The Hawks will lose four seniors from this year’s team, but will return Karman, Hoffman, Nitai Zipp and Jayden Crestwell. 

“I am looking forward to the boys playing in tournaments in the offseason to stay sharp for next year,” Coach Brian Hoffman wrote in an email. “I am already planning for next year.”

Holy Trinity boys play well in final tournament

The Tigers finished sixth out of 12 teams, but coach Ron Benfield was happy with his team’s effort in a new, top-heavy district.

Cody Royston shot 82 to lead Holy Trinity. Cash Luck was next with an 83, John DeLuca had an 85 and Mitch McCullar shot 87. Rahul Prasanna, the team’s only senior, shot 89.

Holy Trinity girls finish fourth

Emma Baumgartner shot an 84 and Ellen Choi had an 85 as the Tigers turned in a strong performance with a fourth-place finish.

Avery Kenney finished with a 91 and Emily Rotgers came in at 95 for Holy Trinity.