St. Cloud posted four of the top six individual places for a team score of 324 to easily outdistance Celebration winning their fifth consecutive Orange Belt Conference Championship on Monday afternoon at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links.
The Storm was second with a team score of 345, Harmony was third at 399.
“Great win for our team,” St. Cloud Head Coach Jim Endicott said. “These kids have shown a tremendous work ethic all season, coming to the golf course every day and working to get better.”
Individually, St. Cloud’s Morgan Beaulieu shot a one-over par 73 to capture her fourth consecutive OBC title. Beaulieu finished with three birdies, 11 pars and four bogies.
It was not an easy victory for Beaulieu as Celebration freshman Adrianna Leon—playing in the same group — led or was tied with Beaulieu most of the way. The match was decided on the Par 3, 17th when Beaulieu stuck her tee-shot two feet away for a tap in birdie; while Leon missed her 12-foot birdie putt. After both players found the fairway on 18, Leon came up short of the green on her second shot; while Beaulieu landed 12-feet away for another birdie opportunity. Leon’s chip came up just short for an easy par, but it gave Beaulieu two putts for the win.
“Winning for a fourth time was amazing,” Beaulieu said. “I had played with Adrianna several times so I knew she was a good player capable of winning. I really did not have my best game today, but I made a few birdies and grinded out pars when I have to.”
Leon, who had a one-shot lead at turn, never faltered after briefly losing the lead by bogeying the 10th and 11th holes. She made a great up and down to save par on 12 to tie Beaulieu, birdied 13, and then parred out for a round of two over 74. “I’m really happy with the way I played today,” Leon said. “I was able to drive the ball well and made some good putts, just not enough of them.”
In all, five different St. Cloud golfers earned All-OBC honors. In additional to medalist Beaulieu, Jenna Barnett took third place overall with a 77, Tess Sheive (85) was fifth, Nadia Burda (89) sixth and Cayden Challacombe (91) tied for seventh. Natalie Quinones captured fourth place overall for the Storm with a 81; while Harmony’s Jordan Pigeon rounded out the All-OBC team by tying for seventh with a 91.
All county teams return to action next week at district tournaments. St. Cloud will host the Class 3A, District 10 Tournament on Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs are expected to compete with Lake Nona for the title. “From what I have seen, Lake Nona has been averaging a little better score than us this year, but we have them at home and we do have the ability to win,” Endicott said.
The top three teams will advance to regional competition the following week.