CRYSTAL RIVER — The weather that shortened Tuesday afternoon’s golf match — giving Lecanto a “frustrating” win over Crystal River — was a fitting end after slow greens wreaked havoc with scores.
The Panthers scratched out a 109-153 win over the Pirates at the Plantation Inn & Golf Resort. The course challenged players with soggy greens saturated from months of steady rainfall. When play was called after six holes, some exclaimed relief they didn’t have to play through the remaining three.
Panther Virgil Matos — finishing with a 37 — said he has never played the course well and has some improving to do. However, he was looking at the positives from a few holes, including the second one.
“I bogeyed, left one short. But that left the door open for me to do good,” he said, adding he bogeyed on the par 3 third hole. “I’m trying to keep track, and if I can duplicate that over and over again, I should be much better than I did today.”
Crystal River’s Megan Allen ended the day team leader with a 27. She said she could have done better, struggling with the mid-game.
“I was duffing a lot. I had great drives and great putting; it’s just in between,” she continued.
Having started action first in her duo, she was able to tee off on the eighth green before storms rolled in. That hole stood out from the rest because of the approach, with a water hazard before the green, with her avoiding the water and bogeying.
“My five wood went over the water, thank God, and I was just short of the green,” Allen said. “I chipped on and two-putted.”
Panthers coach Alice Christian saw first-hand the challenges players faced, and isn’t surprised how play went. She agreed the wet conditions affected play, adding, “There were some downhill putts where the ball just stopped, and we’re like, ‘huh?’”