Olympia prevails with consistency

WINTER GARDEN -- Consistency was the one thing Olympia Coach Kevin McElveen wanted most for his squad during Monday's Class 2A, District 8 golf tournament at Stoneybrook West golf course.

McElveen got what he asked for as all five of his golfers shot in the 70s and Olympia took top honors with a 298 final, besting the field of 12.


Chase Sargent notched a tournament-best 73 and teammates Alex Donaldson, David Zigler and David Marx chipped in 75s to lead the Titans to their sixth consecutive district championship and a ticket to next Monday's regional tournament in Sebring.

Eor Soun rounded out Olympia's scoring with a 78.


West Orange also advanced to regionals, finishing second with a 310 paced by Keiffer Smith's 74.

Timber Creek filled the dance card with a 317 as the top three teams advanced.

Also moving on in individual spots are Freedom's Adam Vaniska (76), Dr. Phillips' Drew Schiano (76) and East Ridge's Chris Hamilton (77).

"We talked about consistent play," McElveen said.

"Everyone was consistent today. What I was most happy about is that we had no 80s. Everyone has shot lower during the year, but nobody shot high today."

With a strong wind creating havoc, playing for the big one might not have been a good strategy.

"I didn't really hit the ball that good today," Sargent said. "The wind was blowing really hard. I just wanted to keep to the fairways and the greens, then putt to the pin."

Less than a week ago, the Olympia senior shot a 68 at Stoneybrook West.


This was a different challenge, but Sargent had a plan.

"The wind was not my best friend," he said. "I hit the ball kind of hard, and the greens are firm and fast. I had a match here last Tuesday. I knew the course. My strategy stayed the same."

Sargent didn't expect to take first.

"I played well last week here, so my expectations were high," he said. "But I wasn't expecting this."

Smith nabbed second place on his last shot, draining a long putt for eagle on No. 18.