HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS -- After getting a second look, All Saints Academy boys golf team started liking El Campeon.

The Saints finished 13th overall at the Class 1A state finals at Mission Inn & Resort on Wednesday after collectively carding a 652, which included a second-round 323 – six strokes better than their opening round on Tuesday.

“It’s all experience and it is all playing the golf course,” All Saints coach Val Johnson said. “These are young kids and you never know what is going to happen, but they did rise to the occasion and came back. We are losing the lefty (Adam Alvarez), but we are looking for another lefty just as good.”

All Saints junior Gage Carnes, led the team and finished at 73 in Round 2 with a two-day 155. He dropped four birdies on holes 1, 11, 13 and 15 to finish tied for 25th in the state. He also finished the season as the county runner-up and district champion.

“I was happy with it, but at the same time, it should have been a lot better. I had four birdies on my front end,” Carnes said. “I played the course pretty well. I am excited for next year because I am only going to get better."

Alvarez carded a 77, putting him 11-over for the tournament with a two-day 159. He had two birdies – 10 and 17 -- which helped him overcome four bogeys and a double.

“Everything was working. I had good tee shots and everything,” Alvarez said. “It was just an up-and-down round. It was easier today, but the course is still extremely difficult. I just had a better idea of where to hit stuff. I had a birdie on 17, so that is a positive because it is such a notorious hole.”

Also for All Saints, Josh Pritchett carded a two-day 170, Nolan Rasnake a 172 and Ollie Pritchett a 176 on the 100-year-old El Campeon course – which is laced with rolling hills and unforgiving rollback greens across its 6,601-yard layout

McKeel Academy girls finished 12th overall with a 752 total. The Wildcats shot 374 in the second round, which was four shots better than Tuesday on the 5,624-yard Las Colinas course.

“I am thrilled,” McKeel coach Dennis Brown said. “Sara Fox came alive for us and Maddie Long shot career rounds. Everyone else improved except for Perry, she had a little bit of trouble today but what an important part of the team she is.

“We are just so happy that we made it to state and we are in the top 16 teams in the state. And we are losing no one. Polk County golf is in great shape. I got several more girls who did not play, so who knows next year.”

Long had her best round of golf ever – by seven strokes, carding an 88, good for a two-day 183. Fox finished at 182, Analiese Raath at 193, Perry Davis at 194 and Carley Phelps at 207.

“I just have been practicing a lot more,” Long said. “I just tried to focus on what I was doing.”

McKeel won county and district and were the regional runner-ups before its state finals appearance.

“I knew we had a shot to get to state and I knew we had one of the best teams we’ve ever had. We had our best record ever, undefeated regular season at 10-0,” Brown said.

McKeel senior Nick Kresl finished tied for 76th place after carding a 176 (87-89). It was his second state finals appearance.

Circle Christian won the boys state championship with a 580. They had three of the top four overall finishers, including senior Daniel Core, who finished second in the state with a 140 and Eugene Hong, and Canon Claycomb, who finished tied for third with a 141.

Pine School senior Garrett Barber won the state title after finishing 10-under par. He carded a two-day 134 which included a 7-under-par 65 in Round 2.

Orlando First Academy sophomore Ariel Yu went 9-under 135 to capture the state championship and her team ended Lake Mary Prep’s three-year reign as 1A state champions, capturing the title with a 565. Lake Mary Prep was second with a 589.

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