Lake Mary Prep has had individuals qualify for a state golf tournament in the past, but never had a team qualify until this year.
Now the Griffins have two.
Lake Mary Prep's boys and girls teams both won the Class 1A, District 4 championships earlier this week to advance to the state tournaments. Both teams will be competing at Howey-in-the Hills' Mission Inn Resort and Club beginning Tuesday.
The boys will play their 36-hole state tournament on the El Campeon course and the girls will play on the Las Colinas course
The Griffins have two of the 10 teams from Central Florida who qualified for the state tournaments, all of which will be held in Lake County for the second year in a row. In addition to the teams, there will be eight individual qualifiers from Central Florida.
To qualify for state, teams had to finish either first or second in their regions and the top two individuals not from a region qualifying team also advanced.
In addition to the 1A tournaments at Mission Inn, the boys' 2A state championship will be played at Deer Island Golf and Lake Club in Tavares and the girls' 2A tournament will be at Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake.
The Central Florida teams to qualify in 2A are: Olympia, Dr. Phillips and Lake Mary girls teams along with West Orange and Spruce Creek boys.
The 1A qualifying teams are: Mount Dora Bible, Lake Mary Prep and Windermere Prep girls; Lake Mary Prep and Circle Christian's boys.
Individual qualifiers for the girls tournaments include Freedom's Courtney Zeng (2A), DeLand's Carianne Wright (2A), St. Cloud's Erica Dukes (2A) and Timber Creek's Paige Lyle (2A) along with Circle Christian's Samantha Wagner (1A) and Lake Highland Prep's Sammi Lee (1A). Boys individuals are Lake Mary's Austin Hitt (2A) and Windermere Prep's Tim Colanta (1A).
One interesting story line will be between three Central Florida girls in 2A. Last year, there was a five-way tie for the runner-up spot. Among those five players were Wright, Olympia's Madison Lellyo and Lake Mary's Alessandra Kutz -- all of whom shot 5-over 139 at Mission Inn.
Individually, three Central Florida golfers who tired for state runner-up a year ago will be back with individual qualifier Carianne Wright from DeLand, joining Olympia's Madison Lellyo and Lake Mary's Alessandra Kutz, both od
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