Viera High freshman Hannah Hall had an impressive debut at the Class 3A state golf championships on Tuesday and the Hawks finished seventh overall in a storm-shortened one-day tournament at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills.
With Tropical Storm Natalie bearing down on the coast of Florida, the FHSAA decided to cut the normally two-day, 36-hole tournament to an 18-hole, stroke play event.
Hall shot a 3-over 75, which not only tied her for eighth overall, but also tied her for the lowest score by a Class 3A freshman in the state.
Junior Vivian Luu was next for Viera with an 81. Senior Brittany Odic was right behind her with an 82. Senior Margaux Blais shot 93 and junior Kapree Shepherd finished with a 98.
Viera’s team score of 331 was just two shots behind sixth-place Gulf Coast. Lake Mary won the team championship with a score of 303, which was 11 strokes better than second-place Niceville.
At the beginning of the season, Viera coach Joe Luau said he thought this year’s team had a chance to be better than the one that finished third in the region and 11th in the state last season.
Turns out, he was right.
Viera finished second in the region and seventh in the state this season. And while the Hawks will have to say goodbye to Odic, who will graduate, they have the rest of their team coming back.
In other words, next season could be even better than this one.
On the boy’s side, Viera sophomore Kyle Virsik shot 79 in his second trip to the state tournament. That’s better than last year, when he shot 84 and 90 over the two-day event.
You can bet Virsik, who won the individual district championship, and his teammates will be working hard to get back to the state tournament in 2023.