Only a handful of strokes separated the four schools during post-season tournaments
| Florida Times-Union
The high school girls golf post-season was a pitched battle in two classifications — two from the same county and two from adjacent counties.
St. Johns County rivals Bartram Trail and Nease in Class 3A and Bolles and Fernandina Beach in Class 1A tangled on golf courses in three counties across Northeast Florida, then picked it up again at the state tournaments in central Florida.
When it was over, Nease had the Distict 2-3A title, Bartram Trail won the Region I-3A crown and then beat Nease by 15 shots and finished fourth in the state tournament.
Bolles won both the District 4-1A and Region 1-1A titles by a combined 13 strokes over Fernandina, and the Pirates came back to finish in seventh, one spot ahead of Bolles in the state tournament, by 21 shots.
Adding up the strokes in the three post-season events revealed just how close it was between the competing schools. Bartram Trail beat Nease by nine shots in the three events and Bolles beat Fernandina by eight.
Those were razor-thin margins, given five players from each school competing over 72 holes.
The competition between those four schools had predictable results in one way: they combined for eight of the 12 players on the 2020 Times-Union All-First Coast girls golf team.
Elizabeth Kondal of Bartram Trail and sisters Shanya and Thanya Arasu; and Marissa Cardenas of Nease represented Class 3A golfers on the All-First Coast team; while Tori Mouton and Madison Balaskiewicz of Bolles; and Anika Richards and Madelyn Campbell of Fernandina Beach led the Class 1A players on the team.
Kondal and Mouton had the best performances in their respective state tournaments at the Mission Inn Resort. They both finished solo second, with Kondal shooting 2-under 142 and Mouton 5-under 139.
Mouton’s score was the lowest in a state tournament, regardless of classification, among area golf
Kondal also won two 18-hole tournaments, firing a 70 to win the district tournament at the Slammer & Squire and a 65 to win the conference tournament at Palatka for the second year in a row. She also tied for second at the region tournament at Haile Plantation in Gainesville.
Kondal had a stroke average of 69.6 in 18-hole events. She also won three nine-hole tournaments against Ponte Vedra, Nease and Bolles.
There was less drama in Class 2A, where Ponte Vedra swept to the District 4 and Region 1 titles by a combined 92 shots. The margin was 65 over Bishop Kenny in the district tournament and 27 over Gulf Breeze in the region.
The Sharks then finished fourth in the state tournament, 114 shots ahead of the next-nearest area team.
Ashley Huffman led Ponte Vedra by winning the district title and tying for second in the region. Joining her on the All-First Coast team was teammate Ashlan Tresca.
Times-Union 2020 All-First Coast girls golf
Shanya Arasu, Nease, sophomore: Tied for third in District 2-3A to help Nease to team title.
Thanya Arasu, Nease, senior: Fifth in District 2-3A to help the Nease cause, then had Panthers’ best finish in 3A state tournament with a tie for 27th.
Madison Balaskiewicz, Bolles, sophomore: Top-10 finishes in both the district and region tournaments.
Madelyn Campbell, Fernandina Beach, junior: Tied for first in Region 1-1A tournament at Hidden Hills.
Marissa Cardenas, Nease, senior: Led Nease district title team with a solo second, then tied for 12th in Region 1-3A and tied for 29th in Class 3A state tournament.
Ashley Huffman, Ponte Vedra, senior: Led the Sharks in the post-season with District 4-2A title, tie for second in Region 1-2A.
Camille Jackson, Keystone Heights, senior: Led an unreal 123-shot victory for the Indians in the District 3-1A tournament with the individual title, added a fourth in Region 1-1A and a tie for 20th in state tournament.
Keira Johnson, St. Augustine, freshman: Only freshman on the All-First Coast team but second in District 4-2A and a tie for fourth in Region 1-2A showed a bright future.
Elizabeth Kondal, Bartram Trail, senior: Was in contention to win every post-season tournament. Captured District 4-3A, tied for second in Region 1-3A and finished solo second in 3A state tournament.
Tori Mouton, Bolles, junior: Bounced back from a tough start in District 4-1A tie for for first in Region 1-1A and shoot 5-under 139 to finish second in 1A state tournament.
Anika Richards, Fernandina Beach, junior: Joined Kondal and Mouton as the only area players to finish among top-five in all three post-season tournaments, led by a victory in District 3-1A.
Ashlan Tresca, Ponte Vedra, senior: Third-place in the district and a tie for 15th in the region helped the Sharks win both tournaments.