Bishop Moore’s boys golf team sits in third place, seven shots off the lead, with one round to go in the FHSAA state tournament at Mission Inn.
The Hornets shot 308 on Tuesday, led by by seniors Nicholas Diebel (76) and Ignacio Arcaya (78). Ponte Vedra leads with a 301 that featured a 69 by its No. 3 player, individual frontrunner Stuart Slayden, at the El Campeon course.
Bishop Moore had some slippage in the middle rounds after a strong start but finished well — getting birdies by Diebel and Arcaya on hole number 14; by Arcaya and Brad Hull on 16; and by Trey Diehl on 18.
“We’re within striking distance,” Bishop Moore coach Marvin Snyder said. “Of course we’d love to be a little closer and a little lower. But this is our best first day score at the state tournament that I’m aware of.
“We know we can go out (Wednesday) and play better.
Four area girls are in the top eight, led by Eustis senior Julia Towne, who shot even-par 72 on the Las Colinas course. She sits two shots back of the girls tournament leader, Jillian Bourdage of Plantation American Heritage, going into Wednesday’s final 18 holes.
Groveland South Lake junior Paige Wilson and Leesburg senior Alyssa Lamoureux are tied for fourth at 74, and Daytona Beach Mainland senior Claire Albrecht is tied for sixth at 75.
American Heritage’s girls lead by 12 strokes with a 304. Bishop Moore’s girls are in 11th place at 379.