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There was a bevy of good golfers on the Citrus County high school boys golf landscape in 2012.
But as the season concluded, three players separated themselves from their peers.
Crystal River senior Michael Kidd, Lecanto senior Drew Cooke and Crystal River sophomore Kyle Kidd submitted full campaigns that could be the envy of golfers playing for decades. Look to the right for their list of accomplishments, which are the basis for the trio’s selection as finalists for Chronicle Boys Golfer of the Year.
The finalists have standing invitations to the Chronicle sports banquet at the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year, where the winner of the award will be announced.
The determining factor in picking these three and the All-Chronicle team was consistency.
Cooke was Lecanto’s top golfer all year, while the Kidd brothers took turns leading Crystal River at various points.
All-Chronicle boys golf team
Dylan Nelson, Citrus senior
Fired an 80 for second place at the Citrus County Championship. Averaged 40.14 strokes per nine holes as the Hurricanes’ No. 1 golfer and also carded an 81 in the District 2A-5 tournament.
Travis Swanson, Crystal River senior
Pirate won the Citrus County Championship by shooting a 79. Also shot par scores several times while averaging 39 strokes per nine holes and shot 84 at the regional level.
Michael Kidd, Crystal River senior
Set school record by averaging 38.3 shots per nine holes while shooting 75 at the district tournament and 78 at the regional level. Also shot an 80 at the Citrus County Championship for second place.
Kyle Kidd, Crystal River sophomore
Averaged 38.5 strokes per nine holes, won the Region 1A-3 title by shooting 71 and also submitted a 75 in the District 1A-8 event.
Matt Allen, Crystal River sophomore
Allen came in seventh at the Citrus County Championship while averaging 40.6 strokes per nine holes. The Pirate got stronger, though, and was his team’s second-best golfer in the postseason with a 74 at district and 78 at region.
Drew Cooke, Lecanto senior
Cooke shot a 74 at the District 2A-5 tournament to lead the Panthers to the event title. Also paced Lecanto at the regional level by firing an 83. Was also fifth in the Citrus County Championship at 82.
Micah Sugioka, Lecanto sophomore
The Panthers’ No. 2 golfer fired an 80 at the Citrus County Championship and a 79 in the District 2A-5 tournament.