GOLF: Charlotte girls defend County title, boys delayed by weather

By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports

Charlotte's Laren Fender tees off during the tournament held at the Port Charlotte golf course on Friday (Sun photo by Jennifer Bruno).

Charlotte’s Laren Fender tees off during the tournament held at the Port Charlotte golf course on Friday (Sun photo by Jennifer Bruno).

PORT CHARLOTTE — Charlotte High School’s girls golf team had never been back-to-back champions of the Charlotte County Championship, but that all changed Monday afternoon.

Charlotte, Port Charlotte and Lemon Bay played 18 holes at Port Charlotte Golf Club, spread across Friday and Monday due to lightning, and the Tarpons came out on top with a score of 364 to finish comfortably ahead of the Manta Rays (394) and the Pirates (494) to take home the county title again this year.

“I know Lemon Bay has some great girls. They’re a great school. I watched them play some great shots Friday so I figured it would be pretty close,” Charlotte coach Josh Hoffart said. “My girls knew that this trophy is something you have to earn and they just found a way to come out and play great.”

None of the girls finished their 18-hole rounds on Friday, with the No. 1s making it the furthest through 15. That didn’t seem to affect Charlotte’s Becky Davis, who fought through stomach pain on Friday and finished strong on Monday to score an 82 and earn medalist honors.

Davis finished just two shots ahead of teammate Laren Fender. Both girls shot a 42 on the front nine but Davis bested her by two strokes on the back nine.

“I wasn’t really feeling good the first day but I definitely could’ve done better,” Davis said.

Still, it was a five-stroke improvement for Davis from a year ago, when she also was the tournament’s medalist. Davis and Fender both made the All-County team along with teammate Delaney McBee, who finished fourth with a 93.

Both Marissa Nash and Madison Wiley also shot a 105 for the Tarpons.

“I thought coming off the delay like that, they started great and took advantage of the short time that they had out there to score some good shots,” Hoffart said. “This was a great way to bounce back. We had some ups and downs on day one but they showed up to play golf immediately today so I’m very proud of them.”

Three Manta Rays rounded out the All-County team, led by third-place finisher Hyasha Crumpton, who shot an 89. Christain Chandler came in fifth with a 98 and Kayla Faircloth was sixth with a 102. Crumpton bounced back strong on the back nine with a 41 after shooting a 48 on the front nine.

Hannah Madison led Port Charlotte with a 107.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP Charlotte 364, Lemon Bay 394, Port Charlotte 494
at Port Charlotte Golf Club (Friday-Monday, 18 holes)
Individuals
1. Becky Davis (CHA) 82; 2. Laren Fender (CHA) 84; 3. Hyasha Crumpton (LB) 89; 4. Delaney McBee (CHA) 93; 5. Christain Chandler (LB) 98.
Teams
Charlotte: Becky Davis 82, Laren Fender 84, Delaney McBee 93, Marissa Nash 105, Madison Wiley 105, Elizabeth Davis 110.
Lemon Bay: Hyasha Crumpton 89, Christain Chandler 98, Kayla Faircloth 102, Sarah Bedford 105, Alaina Schofield 114, Alicia Pappalardo DNF.
Port Charlotte: Hannah Madison 107, Shaelyn Taylor 123, Seaaria Yiengst 125, Kaitlyn Kelly 139, Hannah Lindsay DNF, Andriana Suarez DNF.

BOYS FIRST ROUND POSTPONED

The first round of the boys Charlotte County Championship between Charlotte, Port Charlotte and Lemon Bay was postponed Monday due to lightning at Port Charlotte Golf Club.

Most of the golfers were near the end of their rounds, with the No. 1s on the ninth tee and the No. 6s on the seventh hole.

The teams return to Port Charlotte to finish the nine-hole round today. They will also play nine holes at Kingsway Country Club in Punta Gorda on Wednesday and then 18 holes at Rotonda Palms in Englewood on Friday.

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