SEBRING - The Sebring boys golf team started the season on a positive note with a three-shot victory over Lakeland on Tuesday at Sun 'n Lake Golf Club.
The Blue Streaks shot a four-person team score of 165 for nine holes over the demanding Deer Run course while the Dreadnaughts came in with a 168.
Sebring was paced by junior Jeremy Camino's 40, sophomore Nic Staffieri carded a 41, while freshman Mathew Arnan and senior Cullen Lovett rounded out the team scoring after each shot a 42.
"It's good to start the season with a win," said Sebring boys golf coach Vince Liles. "Lakeland has a solid team and we put up a pretty good score for the first match of the season.
"We would have shot a little lower, but some of our guys gave some shots away on the last couple of holes, and we have to learn better course management as the season progresses."
The Sebring boys golf team has only three seniors in Terrell Williams, Lee Hinote and Lovett and for the Blue Streaks to reach their goal of qualifying for the state playoffs, some of their underclassmen will have to step up.
"We have a lot of young players who are pretty talented," Liles said. "They have played golf for a while and most of them competed on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour during the summer.
"Playing on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour is really good for their games because they play different courses each week and learn to hit different kinds of shots."
Sebring played in a 20-team preseason tournament on Saturday and the Blue Streaks came in sixth with a four-person team score of 153 for nine holes at Stoneybrooke West Country Club in Orlando.
Freshman Ben Tubbs led the way with a 36, Camino fired a 38, freshman Sam Rogers carded a 39 and Lovett shot a 40.
"We played well against some really big schools with good golf programs," Liles said. "There's no doubt we have a lot of ability on the team, it just depends on how quickly our young guys get used to playing varsity golf." Sebring is in Class 2A-District 18 this year and will compete against Auburndale, Avon Park, Lake Gibson, Lake Wales, Mulberry, Tenoroc and Winter Haven.
"We're in a very competitive district this year," Liles said. "We hope to improve over the course of the season and we want to be playing our best golf when the district tournament rolls around."
The district tournament will be held at River Greens Golf Club this year.
"Most of our guys have played River Greens and are familiar with it," said Liles. "It's a tight course and you have to keep the ball in play to be successful.
"We've got a couple of months to get ready for the district tournament and now it's about our guys gaining some match experience."
Sebring is back on the links today with an away match against Lakeland at Cleveland Heights Golf Course.