Academy golf team places eighth at States


The golf team exudes their joy in winning Regions Monday, October 24, at Bardmoor Golf Course.

Mary Green, Editor-in-Chief

Academy golfers braved a windy course to place eighth in their first day of Class A Girls competition at at Harbor Hills Country Club, Lady Lake.  Individual scores were Emmy Martin 78, Casey Pluchino 89, Christina Gerecke 91, and Mariah Diaz 94.

The Jaguar golf team captured the Region Championship at Bardmoor Golf Club on Monday, October 24.  Sophomores Martin placed first in the region with a 76 and  Pluchino finished second with a 78.  The other four girls making up the team were Alexandra Gerecke, Christina Gerecke, Allie Babin, and  Diaz.

Academy golfers won the top four places at districts at Cheval Country Club on Monday, October 17.  Martin, who placed third last year at districts, won the district top finish with 2-over 74. Pluchino was second (80), followed by junior Christina Gerecke (81) and sophomore Mariah Diaz (85).

The top four shot a tournament top score of 320, winning first place over Tampa Prep’s 445.  Sophomore Emmy Martin, who placed third last year at districts, on with 2-over 74 to lead a Holy Names’ top-four sweep. Sophomore Casey Pluchino was second (80), followed by junior Christina Gerecke (81) and sophomore Mariah Diaz (85).

Co-Captain Allie Babin said, ” Our girls did a great job, despite the wet course, and are looking forward to a winning regionals.”

On Thursday, October 13, at the Mustang Invitational at Seminole Lakes Country, AHN sophomore Emmy Martin matched up against St. Pete Catholic’s senior Shane Crutchfield, already signed by Xavier University. When darkness fell, the two girls could not complete the round, they had to share the title. With Martin’s score, the team totaled 328, making them 25 strokes better than second-place Palm Harbor University. Countryside came in third at 384.

Casey Plucino (81), Mariah Diaz (88) and Christina Gerecke (89) turned in rounds under 90 at that tournament.