Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Girls Lower Golf Strokes, Qualify for Regionals

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Girls Lower Golf Strokes, Qualify for Regionals

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Byline: Mark Boleky

Imagine knocking 15 strokes off your golf score in a week.

Sounds like another one of those bogus ads that go straight to my junk e-mail box, right next to the "enhancement" offers and a billion-dollar inheritance from my Nigerian uncle.

But that's what Zakiyah Pickering of Wolfson High School and Brooke Kardohely of Mandarin High School did between the Gateway Conference girls golf tournament and the FHSAA District Tournament. Pickering shot 113 at Gateway and improved to 98 at District, good for third place; Kardohely went from 115 to 99, placing fourth.

"When we were done with the conference tournament, they were ticked off at themselves because they knew they could have played better," said Mandarin coach Jerry Hulshult. "I think our top four all hit personal records today."

Hulshult's top four were Kardohely, Diana Kang (102), Sarah Shrewsbury (107) and Sam Steinmetz (117). The Mustangs finished second behind Stanton College Preparatory School, and both teams qualified for the Regional Tournament this Tuesday in Tallahassee. Pickering qualified as an individual.


The Mandarin boys also advanced to Regionals, after placing second at the district tournament this past Monday at Windsor Parke. Scott Kibler shot 79, placing sixth overall, with Tanner Settles (81), Dan Huffingham (84) and Charlie Kane (85) rounding out the top four for the Mustangs.

Wolfson came in sixth as a team, led by Mason Omesol's 89. The Regional event for the boys is Monday in Tallahassee.


Mandarin continues to own the Gateway Conference in cross country. The boys won their third straight and the girls their second straight conference team championship last weekend at Florida State College at Jacksonville's North Campus. …

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