Mosley is hoping that its home course of Panama Country Club provides an edge Tuesday morning when it hosts the District 2-2A boys golf tournament starting at 9 a.m.
Arnold, Bay and Rutherford will compete in the 1-2A event at Indian Springs in Marianna on Tuesday beginning at 8:30 a.m. The girls 1-2A tournament will be held concurrently at Indian Springs. Mosley’s girls travel to Lake City for their chance at qualifying.
Mosley boys coach Todd Harless labeled Chiles as the favorite in 2-2A. He noted that the Dolphins will be among a logjam of teams including Leon, Lake City Columbia and Gainesville Buchholz which have been posting comparable team scores and fighting to be one of the top three schools advancing to next week’s region tournament in Tallahassee. Lincoln and Gainesville High also compete in 2-2A.
Harless said that Mosley’s trio of Jeremy Senterfitt, Josh Gainer and Reed Maddox also have a chance to move on should the Dolphins not qualify as a team. The top three individuals who are not members of an advancing team also qualify for regional play.
County schools in 2-1A will be joined by Marianna, Chipley, Holmes County, Bethlehem and Vernon, with North Bay Haven also participating. but only allowed to advance individuals, not as a team in its first full year as an FHSAA member.
Coach Bob McKibbon’s young Arnold squad has shown steady improvement, and he thinks it is capable of winning a district title.
“There is absolutely no wiggle-room, we will have to hit on all cylinders,” McKibbon said. “Although these matches can go in any direction, I see Bay and Rutherford as our toughest competitors. In a nutshell, it should be a tight battle that any team can win.”
McKibbon said that should the Marlins be eliminated from team consideration a secondary goal is to advance at least two individuals to the region qualifier. He listed senior Kip Karani, sophomore Bryce Paton and freshman Gavin Livingstone as Arnold’s best chances should that occur.