Talented Toho sophomore headed to state championship

Tohopekaliga sophomore Morgan Beaulieu tees off at the 2019 District Tournament that was held at Royal St. Cloud.

Morgan Beaulieu, the sophomore from Tohopekaliga who successfully defended her Orange Belt Conference Championship two weeks ago, is now headed to the FHSAA state golf championships.

Beaulieu shot a four-over 76 at Monday’s Class 3A, Region 2 Championship at West Orange Country Club to secure one of three available at-large spots in next week’s State Championship at Mission Inn Resort and Country Club.  The two-day, 36-hole event is scheduled for Oct. 28-29.

“Morgan was solid all day,” Tohopekaliga head coach Bobby Muzika said. “She had a little hiccup on the back-nine with a triple bogey, but other than that she played exceptional golf all day.”

Beaulieu’s 76 was the second best score among golfers from non-qualifying teams.

At district competition a week earlier, Beaulieu finished in a tie for sixth but was not on a qualifying team for regionals. But her finish allowed her to capture one of three available spots as an individual qualifier, along with St. Cloud’s Jenna Barnett and Kierstyn Kelly.

Considered one of the top regionals in the state, grabbing one of three available at-large spots for the state tournament was an impressive feat according to Muzika.

“Understand that Vero Beach and Viera were all eliminated from the team competition so Morgan was competing against the same players that finished above her at districts for one of the individual spots.  At the end of the day, she was still standing and now moves on.”

It was somewhat of a redemption moment for Beaulieu, who also triple bogeyed a hole at last year’s regional tournament and missed qualifying for the state tournament by three shots.

“Heading into this season, one of my goals was to make it to states,” Beaulieu said.  “I am looking forward to the challenge of playing against some of the best players in Florida.”