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Harmony, St. Cloud should duel for OBC golf titles

Posted on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Harmony’s Kevin Carr and his teammates will defend the Orange Belt Conference golf title Monday. Photo/Martin Maddock

By Rick Pedone
Sports Editor
The Orange Belt Conference golf tournaments are Monday (boys) and Tuesday (girls) at Royal St. Cloud Golf Club.
Both tournaments figure to be a showdown between Harmony and St. Cloud, who have been the strongest and most consistent teams throughout the hurricane-plagued regular season.
The Harmony boys bring an unbeaten county record to the tournament. Their only loss came against Orange County powerhouse Bishop Moore.
But, the St. Cloud boys have enough talent to make it interesting, according to the coaches.
“We have won all of our matches except one. We are focusing on each shot and staying in the moment,” Harmony Coach Mark Bhabha said. “Hopefully, we do well in the upcoming tournaments.”
The Longhorns boast an all-star lineup that includes Brock Barber, Evan Taylor, Kevin Carr, Carson Sampl and Conlan Micher, any of whom are capable of leading the team.
St. Cloud counters with a strong team of its own that includes Noah Endicott, Jacob Johnson and Tyler Shelton, all regional qualifiers, plus first-year player Mason Miller.
“I believe we will be able to compete, but they have a lot of firepower,” St. Cloud Coach Jeff Johnson said. “Guess we will just need to see what team shows up to play.”
Harmony’s girls will defend their OBC title with a young squad that continues to develop, Coach Robert Hainlen said.
“St. Cloud is playing very well. We have our work cut out for us,” he said. “At least my ladies are trusting their swings, and that leads to confidence.”
Morgan Wolf and Caitlin Greiner lead the Lady Longhorns.
Their main challenge comes from St. Cloud’s talented young group that includes Taylar Ling, Kierstyn Kelly, Brandi Bigeau and junior Allison Hilton, who all are underclassmen.
“I think it most likely will be between Harmony and St. Cloud,” Lady Bulldogs Coach Jim Endicott said.
Also competing are Osceola, Liberty, Gateway, Celebration and Poinciana, although most of those schools will not field two full teams.
The boys tee off at 8:30 a.m. Monday. The girls begin at 8:45 on Tuesday.
The district tournaments will be at Royal St. Cloud, Celebration and Lakeland Oct. 16-17.