Girls’ golf drives through districts; regional next

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Sam Lack, Sports Editor

Led by sophomores Taylor Belinchak and Taylor Irwin, along with senior Brittany Cho, the West Shore Lady Wildcats golf team shot a combined 394, good enough to place third at districts and earn them a regional berth.

“To be honest, a 394 is a little high for us,” coach Jeff Turner said. “During the year we’ve shot in the 360s, and that would be good enough for us to compete at regionals.”

Belinchak, the captain, led the way with an 87, with Irwin and Cho turning in scores of 98.

“For the amount of pressure we were under, I thought we performed extremely well,” Cho said. “Throughout the year, our top players rarely got to play together, and to be honest, I wasn’t sure that we’d make it to regionals.”

West Shore placed third in the match, behind Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island, who will both advance to regionals next Monday as well.

While proud of his team, coach Turner understands that regional competition will be a serious challenge.

“There are some private schools in Orlando that are going to make things very tough,” Turner said. “I don’t want to say our chances are slim, but we need to perform our very best to have a chance.”