2A State Golf: Athena Yang Finishes Tied for 3rd; Sam Horsfield Ties for Fourth
Wed. October 31, 2012 at 10:49 p.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
Winter Haven freshman Athena Yang, shown in this photo from earlier this year, finished tied for third in the Class 2A state golf tournament. (Photo by RICK RUNION | THE LEDGER)
By DEL MILLIGAN
Athena Yang tied for third in the Florida High School Ahtletics Association Class 2A girls state tournament on Wednesday, not bad for a 14-year-old golfer in her freshman year of high school.
"To be honest, I'm really happy that I played well,'' said Yang, a ninth-grader at Winter Haven High School.
"In every round, there's positive and there's negative things. I'm just a bit disappointed because I could have done better. But I'm happy with where I finished,'' she said.
Sam Horsfield, a 16-year-old sophomore at Ridge Community High School in Davenport, tied for fourth in the s 2A boys tournament.
"I played OK. It could have been better, but it could have also been worse,'' said Horsfield, a native of England.
"I'm pretty happy. It's a good finish."
Yang and Horsfield were the only players representing Polk County in the state tournament, playing at different sites.
Yang shot 2-over-par 74 Wednesday at Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake after a first-round 76 to finish 10 shots behind the winner.
Carly Goldstein of Coral Glades won the championship by four strokes with rounds of 71-69. Paige Lyle of Timber Creek in Orlando posted a pair of 72s to take second. Yang tied for third with Madison Lellyo of Orlando Olympia.
"Athena played her game,'' said Winter Haven coach Robin Elkins. "She had about four holes that she could have birdied, but they just didn't go in.
"To be a ninth-grader and to be third overall, that's outstanding."
Horsfield shot even-par 72 at Deer Island Golf and Lake Club in Tavares, two strokes better than his first round.
"It's pretty good, since I barely made it past the regionals,'' Horsfield said. "I did better than last year (ninth).''
Horsfield finished five strokes behind the champion, John MaGuire of St. Petersburg High, who shot 73-68 to win by two over Brad White of Tampa Plant. Jimmy Stanger of Tampa Gaither was third.
"He hit the ball well. He just couldn't make any birdie putts,'' Ridge Community coach Bob McKnight said.
Horsfield started with bogeys on No. 1 and No. 5, but got back to even par with a chip-in birdie on No. 10 and a 20-foot putt on the 18th hole.