Tigers ready for big test at district tournament


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Junior Cody Royston is Holy Trinity's No. 1 golfer this season. The Tigers will play in the Class 1A, District 7 tournament Tuesday at the Falcon's Fire Golf Course in Kissimmee/

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The good news for the Holy Trinity Tigers boys golf team is that the players have shown a lot of improvement since last season.

The hard part is that they’re still in the same district with a number of strong teams from the Orlando area, including defending state champion First Academy, which won the 2019 title by 12 strokes.

So as Holy Trinity prepares to play in Tuesday’s Class 1A, District 7 tournament at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, the Tigers know they will be in for a tough challenge.

“The teams in our district from Orlando are just so dominant,” Holy Trinity coach Ron Benfield said. “Fourteen-under won it last year. My team, I just hope they shoot in the low 80s. If they do that, I’ll be happy with them.”

The Tigers have plenty of talent at the top of their lineup.

Cody Royston, a junior who said his ball striking, consistency and mental approach to the game have all gotten better, is the team’s top player.

Mitch McCullar, another junior, is the most the most improved player on this year’s team, and plays in the No. 2 spot.

Freshman Cash Luck is another player capable of shooting a low score.

Another freshman, Rohan Parsanna and John Deluca – the only senior on this year’s team – round out the top five.

The Tigers have 11 players on this year’s roster after Benfield decided to keep an extra five golfers.

“These guys that came out … I don’t usually keep that many, but I kept these five guys knowing they’ve got some skill level,” he said. “Hopefully, by next year they will have improved and be able to compete with the rest of the kids.”

While Royston said it would be great if the entire Holy Trinity team can qualify to play in the regionals, he is hoping to at least make it there as an individual.

“Mainly, it’s just me against the course, trying to play as good as possible and just seeing how far I can go from there,” Royston said.