LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid boys golf team continued its impressive start to the season with a sweep of a tri-match on Tuesday at wind-swept Placid Lakes Golf Club. The Green Dragons finished first with a four-person team score of 197, DeSoto placed second with a total of 222 and LaBelle came in third at 242.
Leading the way for Lake Placid were a pair of freshmen as Chance Bertram shot a team-best 46 and Sam Callahan carded a 48, senior Brett DiDomenico fired a 50 and freshman Tanner Oxer rounded out the team scoring with a 53.
The victories improved Lake Placid to a perfect 3-0 on the season.
"We didn't play our best, but the wind was blowing real hard and the course was playing tough," said Lake Placid boys golf coach Dan Coomes. "The front nine plays long and quite a few holes played against the wind and it was a 3-club wind at least.
"We battled, but we have to be mentally tougher no matter what kind of conditions we play in, but the boys are working to improve their games and we have plenty of room for improvement."
Lake Placid has a number of underclassmen on the varsity squad and the future is bright for the Green Dragons on the links.
"Most of these boys have some experience playing golf," Coomes said. "Some have played on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour and that's helped improve their games.
"The more matches we play the lower our scores should be."
The Sebring boys golf team kept its winning ways going with three victories on Tuesday at Sun 'n Lake Golf Club.
The talented Blue Streaks shot a four-person team score of 154 over the tight and demanding Deer Run course, while Lakeland George Jenkins came in second place with a score of 168, Frostproof finished at 176 and Winter Haven shot a 182.
Sebring was paced by freshman Ben Tubbs, who shot a 2-under 34, junior Jeremy Camino carded a 36, while Nic Staffieri and senior Cullen Lovett each fired a 42.
The wins improved the Blue Streaks to 5-2 on the season.
"That's a good team score for us," said Sebring boys golf coach Vince Liles. "Ben Tubbs played a great round, Jeremy was solid and Nic and Cullen left a few shots on the course."
Sebring is on the road Friday for the Ida Baker Bulldog Invitational in Cape Coral and the Blue Streaks will play in the Outback Invitational on Monday in Tampa.
"These tournaments are good for us to compete in because we get a chance to see some of the teams in our region that we don't play during the season," Liles said. "It's also great competition because there are some really strong squads that play in these tournaments."
Sebring has a lot of talent and depth this season and the Blue Streaks are looking to peak in time for the district tournament and qualify for the regional competition.
"We're focused on playing our best when the district tournament rolls around," Liles said. "We have the talent and depth to compete for the district title this year, but we have to play solid golf."