SEBRING - The Sebring boys and girls golf teams excelled in the annual Crutchfield/Hawkins Invitational held Monday.
The Blue Streak boys finished first in the 23-team Turtle Run Flight with a four-person team score of 313 for 18 holes,
Gainesville High placed second with a score of 315, and Gainesville Buchholz and West Orange tied for third place with a 317.
Sebring was paced by junior Jeremy Camino's 73, which tied for second low medalist, sophomore Nic Staffieri shot a 77, freshman Sam Rogers carded an 80 and freshman Mathew Arnan rounded out the team scoring with an 83.
"I am so proud of our guys," said Sebring boys golf coach Vince Liles. "That's an excellent team score on a very tough golf course against top competition.
"Jeremy and Nic played great and this kind of win against a quality field shows that we have the talent to compete with anybody."
Gainesville High's Pureun Kim was medalist with a 71, while Camino and West Orange's R.J. Whitner tied for second at 73.
In the Deer Run Flight, which had 22 teams competing, Lake Mary Prep finished first with a 290, West Orange placed second at 298, Tampa Jesuit was third at 302 and Dr, Phillips High came in fourth with a score of 303.
Lake Mary Prep's Austin Truslow was the overall medalist with a 2-under 70, Dr. Phillips' Joe Hymel and West Orange's Michael Bakker tied for second at 71.
The regular season is winding down and Sebring is preparing for the district tournament on Oct. 14 at River Greens Golf Club.
"We want to be peaking and playing our best golf that day," said Liles. "We are familiar with River Greens and it isn't a long course, but it's tight and requires accuracy off the tee and into the greens to be successful.
"We have to play well and have good course management if we want to win the district title and qualify for the regional tournament."
The Sebring girls golf team finished fifth in the Second Flight in their event at Highlands Ridge North on Monday.
The Blue Streaks shot a four-person team score of 349 for 18 holes. Freshman Kendall Griffin led the way with a 3-under 69, which earned her overall medalist honors. Megan Crews fired an 89, and Avie Clark and Meghan Griffin each shot a 96.
"I am really proud of the girls," said Sebring girls golf coach Lisa Lovett. "We've got a young team with great chemistry and I've seen a lot of improvement this season.
"Kendall is a great player, but is also a great team player and we're looking forward to playing well in the district tournament."
Venice High was the winner of the Second Flight with a team score of 322, St. Thomas Aquinas placed second at 322, St. John Neumann High came in third with a 333, Gainesville Buchholz shot a 335, Sebring had 349 and George Jenkins was fifth with a score of 357.
The First Flight, which was also played at Highlands Ridge North, was won by Cypress Bay with a score of 302, West Orange was second at 311, Archbishop came in third place with a 312, Barron Collier shot a 316 and Ransom Everglades finished with a 319.
In the Third Flight, which was played on the South Course, Cypress Bay finished first with a score of 340, Olympia High placed second at 365, Martin County had a 366, Berkeley Prep shot a 381 and Bishop Verot came in at 388.
Olympia's Madison Lellyo was the overall medalist with a sizzling 6-under 66.
Oxbridge Academy finished first in the Fourth Flight with a 368, McKeel Academy was second at 380, Okeechobee shot a 400, Kings Academy was fourth with a 424 and Ridge High claimed fifth with a 456.
"It was a wonderful day with perfect weather and great golf," said Lovett. "We want to send a big thank you to Highlands Ridge pro Mike Lamere and all the staff and volunteers who made this event such a success."