Teeing off the season

Senior Matt Lutton sets his feet before teeing off. Lutton joined the golf team this year.

It was the warm-up match – but it was hot enough.

“It’s hot as golf balls outside,” junior James Roberts remarked about the weather Tuesday as four Hillsborough boys and two Hillsborough girls took on the nine-hole course against Steinbrenner in triple-digit feels-like temperatures at Heritage Harbor Country Club in Lutz.

“Well it’s the first game so we’re both trying to get started,” said senior Mckenzie Gracyalny. The girls’ golf team had to forfeit and take an “L” due to only having two players, but continued to play the course. Boys and girls need to play a minimum of at least five games in order to qualify for districts. So the girls, even with the forfeit, got to include the match for their journey to districts.

For the matches, you are allowed to play up to six players and choose the best four scores. Since not all the boy Hillsborough players could make it, or get their paperwork in, they had to use all four boys scores.

Meanwhile, Steinbrenner could pick its top four golfers due to them having six players.

The Hillsborough team does not practice at all outside of school, “but I think the season will go well,” junior Lauren Serra says with optimism about her team.

They boys lost 146-232 to the Warriors.