After two tournaments and 36 holes of postseason play, only two shots have separated the girls golf teams at Bartram Trail and Ponte Vedra.
That’s eight players counted in the scoring, with Bartram Trail needing 630 strokes to win the district and regional, and Ponte Vedra second both times (losing in a playoff for the regional title), and taking 632 strokes.
In golf, that’s miniscule. That’s one more putt made, by only one player, in each tournament.
“Both tournaments could have gone either way,” said Bartram Trail coach Jen Harman. “But what are the chances of having a tie in a tournament? It’s a good lesson, every shot is important.”
“We’re pretty much the same teams and the same players,” said Ponte Vedra coach Clint Finlay. “The stroke averages are very close down the lineup and both teams have depth.”
The two St. Johns County teams will clash once again at the Class 2A state tournament, which begins on Tuesday at the Mission Inn Resort Las Colinas Course, at Howey-in-the-Hills. Not only did both teams advance in Region 2-2A, but they’re grouped together in the first round for the third postseason tournament in a row.
Going head-to-head in the district, regional and state tournaments is old hat for the two schools. Last season it was Ponte Vedra that won the district and regional, then finished third in the state tournament. Bartram was second in the district and regional and the gaps were bit wider than this season, as the Sharks won the district by 13 shots and the regional by 21.
Nicolette Donovan, the 2012 Times-Union First Coast player of the year, has led the Sharks with district and regional rounds of 73.
Brianna D’Annunzio was the Bears’ low player in the regional with a 74.