South Dade’s Cole Castro made a major second half push last season to end the year as Miami-Dade County’s strongest golfer.
Castro might have taken the first step toward another strong finish by winning the GMAC boys’ individual title Thursday at the Redlands Golf and Country Club.
Castro shot an even-par 72 to secure the title, edging Columbus’ tandem of Robby De Paz (3-over 75) and Sharif Amastha (4-over 76), who finished second and third, respectively.
De Paz, a senior, originally played baseball at Columbus, but took up golf in recent years and has since become one of the best at the school.
Columbus secured the team title on the boys’ side with a final score of 305. Palmetto shot 321 as a team to finish second led by Youth Fair champion Jordan Laklak’s 76.
Coral Reef’s Abigail Chai-Onn continued her mastery of the event, winning the girls’ individual title with a 75, improving upon the 77 she shot to win the event last year.
The Barracudas finished second to Palmetto’s girls, however, who took home the team championship with an impressive performance.
Individual runner-up Alexa Rivas shot a 78 and sophomore Katie Burge finished third with an 89.
Team scores – Boys: 1. Columbus 305, 2. Palmetto 321, 3. South Dade 331, 4. Coral Reef 361, 5. Miami Beach 366; Girls: 1. Palmetto 361, Coral Reef 372, American 422.
Individual results – Boys: 1. Cole Castro (SD) 72; 2. Robby De Paz (COL) 75; 3. Sharif Amastha (COL), Jordan Laklak (PAL) 76; 5. Jake Moscoso (COL) and Joel Garcia-Lee (COL) 77; Girls: 1. Abigail Chai-Onn (CR) 75; 2. Alexa Rivas (PAL) 78; 3. Katie Burge (PAL) 89; 4. K. Jackson (AM) 92; 5. Sofia Guisasola (PAL) 93; 6. Marisa Urrutia (CG) 94.