Spanish River’s Luke Gifford named Post’s All-Area boys golfer of year


2017 PALM BEACH POST BOYS GOLF ALL-AREA TEAM

GOLFER OF THE YEAR

Luke Gifford, Spanish River, Sr.

Why? Had one of the best seasons in school history. Not only did he finish fourth at the Class 3A state tournament with rounds of 70-77, he shot a 73 at region and 65 at district.

What was the highlight of your season? My highlight of the season was the Daniel Berger AJGA open At Dye Preserve where I won the tournament over the summer. During the high school season, it would probably be at districts at Park Ridge CC where my team won the event and I shot 65 (7 under par) to win districts individually.

When did you first start playing your sport? I was 4 years old when I first started playing golf and I played my first tournament when I was 6.

What are your college plans? I am committed to the University of South Florida golf team and will start school at the end of July 2018.

Who is the athlete you most admire, and why? Dustin Johnson is my favorite golfer/athlete.

What is the song that gets you most pumped up before a game? A song that is always on my playlist is “The Buzz” by Hermitude.

What’s your favorite social media tool and why? Instagram. I use it a lot for editing photos and communicating with my friends.

What was your favorite movie this year? “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

COACH OF THE YEAR

Toby Harbeck, Benjamin: The veteran coach guided his team, which failed to advance past districts last year, to district runner-up, a regional championship and eighth-place at the Class 1A state tourney.

FIRST TEAM

Billy Civitella, King’s Academy, Jr.: Finished state tournament tied for 25th with an 11-over par 155. Placed third in both district and regionals (73).

Henry Dubiel, Benjamin, Jr.: He, too, tied for 25th placed at state tournament at 11-over par 155. Was fourth in districts and second in regionals (76).

Frankie Harris, Boca Raton, Fr.: Had rounds of 73 and 78, tying for 10th at 3A state tournament, helping team to a fifth-place finish. Shot rounds of 76 at regionals and 70 at districts.

Xander Kline, Benjamin, So.: His rounds of 79 at both districts and regionals helped lead Buccaneers to state tournament, where he finished tied for 33th with rounds of 78-80.

Anthony Muttillo, Boca Raton, Sr.: Excelled at districts (69) and regionals (71) to lead team to 3A state tournament, where he finished tied for 31st with rounds of 80 and 78.

James Nieporte, Boca Raton, Jr.: Played a supporting role leading Bobcats to 4A state tournament. Tied for 31st at state (78-80). Shot 83 at regionals and 73 at districts.

Logan Othmer, King’s Academy, Sr.: His 4-under 68 led him to a district championship. His 76 helped Lions to state, where he shot 75-80 to finished tied for 25th.

HONORABLE MENTION

Benjamin: Blake Bowen, John Bowen; Boca Raton: Jack Tharrington; Cardinal Newman: Dylan Dziaba, Charlie Mordente, Ford Wilt; Dwyer: Cameron Meek, Jeremy Scott, Blake Simmons; Jupiter: Troy Stribling, Ryder Sutcliffe; Jupiter Christian: Riley Banker; King’s Academy: Brennan Leckrone, Sam Thomas; Olympic Heights: Austin Cao, Brooks Lamb; Oxbridge Academy: Matt Myers; Palm Beach Central: Gabo Del Campo; Palm Beach Gardens: Harry Hutchings; Park Vista: Anthony Ruggiero; St. Andrew’s: Matt Glenn; St. John Paul II: Chris DiBetta, Connor Quarantillo; Santaluces: Bradley Terry; Seminole Ridge: Drax Dietz; Somerset Canyons: Tyler Stachkunas; Spanish River: Ryan Adams, Jack Braverman, Michael Checo, Drew Steiner; Suncoast: James Hoenings; Wellington: Diego Alonso, Cameron Owens; West Boca: Jordan Rick.



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