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Candy success: Matanzas’ Alexandra Gazzoli wins state golf championship

Matanzas Excessive College golfer Alexander Gazzoli had her golf equipment. Coach Brandie Alred had a bag of marshmallows. That turned out to be the successful mixture on the Class 2A state ladies golf championships.

In her third journey to state, Gazzoli shot 2-under par 140 to win the person championship on the two-day event, Nov. 15-16 at Mission Inn Resort & Membership in Howey-in-the-Hills.

“It feels fairly good. I want we might have gone as a workforce, however I am glad that I used to be in a position to go. Yeah, I am actually pleased.”

—ALEXANDRA GAZZOLI

“It feels fairly good,” the junior mentioned a day after successful the title. “I want we might have gone as a workforce, however I am glad that I used to be in a position to go. Yeah, I am actually pleased.”

Seabreeze junior Amelia Cobb completed third and led the Sandcrabs to a third-place workforce end behind Plantation American Heritage, which gained its third consecutive workforce championship, and runner-up Ponte Vedra.

Cobb, who additionally completed third final 12 months, shot 72-72—144. The Sandcrabs shot 657 as a workforce with sophomore Riley Fletcher (76-77—153) ending twelfth, senior Hannah Ashton (85-84—169) tied for thirty ninth and junior Hannah Howell (100-95—195) seventy fifth.

Gazzoli positioned within the prime three for the third 12 months in a row. As a freshman, she positioned third. Final 12 months, she was the runner-up. She shot 68-72 this 12 months to win by one stroke over American Heritage’s Katherine Schaefer.

Gazzoli led by three strokes after the primary day when she hit 17 greens in regulation and made three birdies. On day 2, she was 3-under after 11 holes after which bumped into hassle on the par-4 twelfth gap. She hit her tee shot into the palmettos, took an unplayable lie and wound up with a triple bogey.

“She did not have a great line,” Alred mentioned. “She simply needed to punch it out. Then she missed the inexperienced and hit into the bunker,” Alred mentioned.

Gazzoli mentioned she will’t bear in mind the final time she had a triple bogey.

“In a event, I do know I’ve executed it, clearly, however I can not actually bear in mind. It was sort of only a bizarre gap generally. It shocked me.”

Round knew precisely what to do. She fed Gazzoli marshmallows.

“I bribed her with marshmallows for each birdie. After (the triple bogey) I gave her two marshmallows. I modified the dialog to calm her down. She got here again and parred the following gap. She saved it collectively.

— BRANDIE ALRED, Matanzas ladies golf coach

“I bribed her with marshmallows for each birdie,” the Matanzas ladies golf coach mentioned. “After that gap, I gave her two marshmallows. I modified the dialog to calm her down. I mentioned, ‘look, no person stretched out the flag (on the inexperienced).’ She got here again and parred the following gap. She saved it collectively. Alexandra is likely one of the best folks I do know.”

Gazzoli bogeyed No. 17 and made par on 18. Schaefer, who performed three holes behind Gazzoli, was one stroke again going into her remaining gap. Gazzoli and Alred performed playing cards and saved refreshing the reside scoring app whereas they waited for Schaefer to complete. The American Heritage junior made par on No. 18 to complete a stroke again.

“Alexandra is Alexandra,” Alred mentioned of the tournament-tested golfer who hardly ever will get excited. “However she did have a giant smile on her face from her.”

“It was a bit of suspenseful,” Gazzoli mentioned of the wait. “However I had a great feeling. It was disappointing the best way I completed, as a result of I used to be 3 below by way of 11 after which I tripled, and I used to be like, ‘Oh, my.’ They alter (No. 12) from a par 5 to a 4. And the humorous factor is, I birdied it the primary day, so it wasn’t like I had any issues with it. It was only a dangerous drive. I imply let’s simply say, if I parred the outlet I’d have been 5-under total.”

Gazzoli will take a break till the SALLY event (South Atlantic Ladies’s Newbie Championship) Jan. 4-7 at Oceanside Nation Membership in Ormond Seaside. She mentioned she’ll pin the state championship medal in entrance of all her different medals on the corkboard in her room.

“I am glad that I used to be in a position to (win) it, and hopefully I can do it once more subsequent 12 months,” she mentioned. “In order that’s sort of what I am trying ahead to now.”

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