Rough second day drops Hawks to sixth at state tournament


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The Viera High girls golf team poses after winning the regional championship last week. The Hawks finished sixth at the state golf tournament this weekend.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy Greg Ford

A week after playing its best round in program history, the Viera High girls golf team could never seem to get into a groove at the Class 3A state championship tournament at the Mission Inn & Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills.

After sitting in third place after the opening round, the Hawks faltered on Saturday and wound up finishing sixth.

Viera shot 320 on Friday and 325 on Saturday, a far cry from the regional tournament, where the Hawks shot a program-best 292.

Briana Gabe led the way for Viera, shooting an 82 and a 75 for a combined total of 157. Manon Donche-Gay followed her opening round 79 with an 81 for a two-day total of 160.

Mary Kate Smith shot 78 and 85 for a 163, while the only senior on the team, Trinity Falzone, came in with an 81 and 84 for a 165 total. Nina Donche-Gay shot 88 and 89 for a two-day score of 177.

“Not a good weekend for us,” Viera coach Greg Ford wrote in a text. “After a good start on Friday, we struggled on the middle six holes to be in third position after Day 1. We felt good going into today, that we would play better and at least hold onto third place, but we just never could get it going.

“We struggled all weekend with the small details that are necessary to win the title, and the failure to eliminate those mistakes was just too much for us to overcome. Team consistency was a strength of ours all season, and we just didn't have that advantage this weekend.

“Although we're very disappointed in our finish at the state finals, we had a great season and can build on that moving forward for next year. We are only losing one senior (Falzone) and have four extremely talented players returning. We will use this experience to work harder and be even stronger next year.”