MELBOURNE Sophie Liu was not impressed with herself after Tuesday’s golf round at Mallards Landing, but her 1-under-par 71 was the best round on the scoreboard.
Liu kept medalist bragging rights at Viera, and her team won the whole thing by 74 strokes over Cocoa Beach, which shot 180. Only Delia Timpy, the Minutemen leader, broke up the Hawks hold on the top five spots. Her 85 placed fourth.
Otherwise, it was all Viera. Taylor Rasjeski shot 73, Samantha Brimhall 79 and 2014 champion Dayna Owens an 83. Katie Arnott placed sixth with an 87.
“We can see what we need to work on more than anything,” Viera coach Greg Ford said. He thought some of his players found themselves uncertain how to approach some situations. “We need to build some confidence and some decisiveness. There’s always something you can learn in a tournament.”
The Hawks will have opportunity to build confidence Friday and Saturday as their defense of last year’s Class 3A state title shifts into high gear. They will play two more 18-hole rounds at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach against a loaded field of teams from around the country.
Beginning Monday, they will be in FHSAA postseason competition. That will be the day of the District 16-3A tournament at Royal St. Cloud.
Liu, who played what she described as “a pretty disappointing round” in the CCC win, birdied a par 4 and a pair of par 5s on Tuesday.
“I had my ‘B’ swing, but IO was still able to shoot a good score,” she said. “I was proud of that.”
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All the players had to contend with wind during the tournament.
“I struggled on every hole just to make it to the green and into the hole,” Liu said. “It was a ride. It was an experience.”
Ford hoped the longer course the Hawks will face this weekend and at the state tournament on Nov. 3 and 4 — where the goal is for the team to be “all on the same page on the same day” — will be more suited to his team’s style of play.
“It’s tough for us to play shorter courses,” he said.
Rounding out the top five teams on Tuesday were Astronaut at 416, Melbourne with a 419 and Space Coast (434).
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Mallards Landing, Tuesday
Team results: 1. Viera 306; 2. Cocoa Beach 380; 3. Astronaut 416; 4. Melbourne 419; 5. Space Coast 434; 6. Satellite 445; 7. Cocoa 459; T8. Eau Gallie 463, Merritt Island 463; 10. Titusville 471; 11. Rockledge 473.
Top individual finishers: 1. Sophie Liu, V 71; 2. Taylor Rajeski, V 73; 3.Samantha Brimhall, V 79; 4. Dayna Owens, V 83; 5. Delia Timpy, CB 85; 6. Katie Arnott, V 87; 7. Abby Houchin, MI 88; 8. Olivia Timpy, CB 90; 9. Jessica Bissey, M 95; 10. Gianna Piscitelli, CB 97; 11. Kayleigh Meusel, A 101; T12. Kayla Ballew, SC 103; Katie Yakubowski, A 103; T14. Kailey Draa, SC 105; Amber Faubel, S 105; Alex Simons, A 105; 17. Carrie Walk, M 106; T18. Crystal Bowman, EG 107; Josie Waldron, A 107; T20. Kumari Naicker-Giles, S 108; Madeleine Peloquin, CB 108; Hannah Seiler, M 108; Jenna Werle, C 108; 24. Kailey Dean, C 109.