LYNN HAVEN — Mosley picked the right day to play one of its best rounds of golf.
The Dolphins turned in season-best and career-highs for two golfers and had two of the top three scorers to win the District 2-2A tournament played at Panama Country Club on Tuesday. Mosley sophomore Jeremy Senterfitt was the individual champion with a three-under 69, his lowest round of golf in his young life, besting the previous 72. Fellow Dolphin Josh Gainer carded a third-place 74 to help the Dolphins to the lone sub-300 total (297) in the seven-team event.
Gainesville Buchholz (305) was second and Tallahassee Chiles (314) third to join Mosley as regional team qualifiers. The top three individuals not on an advancing team also moved on to next week’s regional in Tallahassee.
Mosley lost its top three golfers from last season’s team. That said, the Dolphins failed to advance out of the district tournament despite having what could be considered a deeper roster with more talent.
“For that team to not get to regional and for this team to do it with the guys we lost is really impressive,” Mosley coach Todd Harless said.
Senterfitt was the second Dolphin to complete his round. Reed Maddox came in first with a 78, which was a few strokes higher than his average, but Senterfitt’s career day immediately put Mosley back into the pole position.
“There were nice conditions and everything just clicked for me today,” said Senterfitt, who shot a 34 on the back nine. “Everything just came together.”
Senterfitt said Mosley had high expectations last season, but it was marred by the disappointing finish. He added the Dolphins had similar goals this season. The Dolphins added a district title to go along with their perennial Bay County dominance.
“We always hope to get past district and regional,” Senterfitt said. “We shot way better than we did at district last year.”
Mosley will be in a grouping of nine teams in the Region 1-2A tournament at Seminole Golf Course on Tuesday. Senterfitt knows that expecting a 297 again on a foreign course is a stretched prediction, but he’s confident the Dolphins can play well away from their home links.
“I think we can lose a couple strokes,” Senterfitt said. “We’ll still be OK, but it will be a completely different golf course.”
Bo Kelly shot a 76, which tied his season-low, to round out Mosley’s top four scores. Ryland Spitzer shot an 88 as Mosley’s fifth man, but his score didn’t qualify for team points.
Tallahassee Lincoln’s Sean Butscher and Gainesville High’s Purcun Kim shot 74s to advance as individuals. Lake City Columbia’s Dean Soucinek beat Tallahassee Leon’s Eric Epting on the fifth hole of a playoff to win the final spot at the regional. Both golfers shot 76s and Soucinek was seventh overall.
District 2-2A golf tournament results:
- Mosley 297, Buchholz 305, Chiles 314, Leon 317, Lincoln 319, Columbia 322, Gainesville 345
Individual scores (top four count toward team total)
- Mosley: Senterfitt 69, Gainer 74, Kelly 76, Maddox 78, Spitzer 88; Buchholz: Allen 75, Rucarean 76, Hines 77, Blanchet 77, Diaz 78; Chiles: Morgan 74, Young 77, Baker 81, Hendricks 82, Burkhalter WD; Leon: Epting 76, Thompson 79, Newell 81, Stone 81, Bechtel 84; Lincoln: Butscher 74, Darling 81, Yeager 82, Barineau 82, Palmer 91; Columbia: DSoucinek 76, Jones 81, LSoucinek 81, Bagley 84, VanVelck 85; Gainesville: Kim 74, Powell 77, Hartwell 89, Bauer 105, Wohl 112.
- Top six placers: Senterfitt, Butscher, Gainer, Morgan, Kim, Allen
- Advancing as individuals: Butscher, Kim, DSoucinek