Clay boys, Fleming Island girls stay hot in golf

By Randy Lefko Sports Editor
Posted 9/29/21

FLEMING ISLAND - Clay High went to 7-1 with team wins over Orange Park and Middleburg despite Orange Park taking individual title with Brock Buhnerkemper outshooting John Martin 37-42 at the Golf …

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Clay boys, Fleming Island girls stay hot in golf


FLEMING ISLAND - Clay High went to 7-1 with team wins over Orange Park and Middleburg despite Orange Park taking individual title with Brock Buhnerkemper outshooting John Martin 37-42 at the Golf Club of Fleming Island on September 16.

Buhnerkemper shot eight of nine pars with a bogie on the seventh hole to outlast Martin who double bogied the fourth hole before adding three bogies to give Buhnerkemper the lead. The Blue Devils suffered a first loss against Columbia on September 23 with the Tigers getting their top two golfers under 35 at their home course at Lake City Country Club.

“We have a team that all five guys are pretty close to each other in ability and each can take the lead when needed,” Clay coach Rodney Lich. “We get the fifth and sixth guy up two, three strokes and that’s a strong team score.”

Against Middleburg a day later, Clay held off the Broncos with a 171-178 score behind Guy’s 39 round that tied Middleburg’s Chase Carroll at Eagle Landing Golf Club.

Clay snagged the team win with Young and Martin at 41 and 42, and Kaleb Childers staying under 50 at 49 while Middleburg got a Lucas Wahlstrom in at 39, but the rest of the Broncos in outside of 50.

At Fleming Island High, the girls and boys teams are still running strong schedules with the girls team still unbeaten behind strong front games from freshman Alyzabeth Morgan and sophomore Cambree Hodge. The Lady Golden Eagles won dual match with Middleburg 174-262 with St. Johns Country Day School fielding a smaller team for the day’s event at Eagle Landing.

St. Johns Country Day School’s Addy Vogt, also a freshman, was top scorer for the day though with a sizzling 37 with Morgan and Hodge behind tied at 40. Middleburg’s Delaney Clark was the top Bronco at 58.

At Keystone Heights, the Fleming Island girls faced off against the state meet Lady Indians without Camille Jackson but with sister Candace Jackson leading the young Lady Indians team. Winning 169-219, Fleming Island sophomore Cambree Hodge went neck and neck with Jackson for the lead with the Jackson with both finishing with 39s. Hodge had three bogies within the first five holes, but parred the final four to stay close to Jackson. Jackson had the early lead on her home course, but birdied her final hole; a par five, to catch Hodge.

Morgan, despite a double bogie on her fifth hole after four pars, led a four player sweep of the next five spots with Keystone Heights’ M.J. Rivera tied for fifth with a 48. Jackson and Rivera were both part of the Indians’ Class 1A state championship tournament team from last year.

Fleming Island’s boys team, led by scorching rounds of 33 by sophmore Jaylen Abbas and 35 by junior Colton Swartz set up their season for another state tournament chase with a 146-163 win over Fletcher on September 22 at the Atlantic Beach Country Club.

Abbas blasted the course with three birdies with two after a double bogie on the third hole with Swartz staying within earshot with seven pars wrapped around a fourth hole birdie. Swartz faltered with a bogie on his third hole.

The top six golfers, including Fletcher’s Jayden Diaz (third at districts last year) were under 40. Fleming Island had a home match against Fletcher for Mon., Sept. 27 moved to October 13. Fletcher was fifth behind champion Fleming Island’s district 2-3A finish. Fleming Island eventually finished fifth in Class 3A.

In a tri-meet at Eagle Landing between St. Johns, Oakleaf and Middleburg girls, the Lady Spartans prevailed 209, 250 and 264 to beat runnerup Oakleaf and Middleburg. St.Johns got a 1-2 finish from Vogt at 41 and seventh grader Addison Kipnis who tied with Middleburg’s Clark at 52. Oakleaf’s top finisher was Erica Lipke at 57.

Clay vs. Orange Park (Boys)

Golf Club of Fleming Island

Clay 175, Orange Park 197 (Boys)

1. Brock Buhnerkemper (OPHS) 37

2. John Martin (CHS) 42

3. William Guy (CHS) 43

3. Robert Young (CHS) 43

5. Gehrig Van De Water (OPHS) 45

Clay vs. Middleburg (Boys)

Eagle Landing Golf Course

Clay 171, Middleburg 178 (Boys)

1. Chase Carroll (MHS) 37

2. Lucas Wahlstrom (MHS) 39

2. William Guy (CHS) 39

4. Robert Young (CHS) 41

5. John Martin (CHS) 42

6. Kaleb Childers (CHS) 49

7. Drew Boree (CHS) 50

8. Blayke Hansen (MHS) 51

9. Julian Martinez (MHS) 51

Columbia 148, Clay 178 (Boys)

1. Zach Shaw (Columbia) 33

2. Ty Folsom (Columbia) 35

3. Connor Williams (Columbia) 38

4. Semper McCfranie (Columbia) 42

5. Robert Young (CHS) 44

5. John Martin (CHS) 44

5. William Guy (CHS) 44

Fleming Island, SJCDS, Middleburg

at Eagle Landing

Fleming Island 174, MHS 262 (Girls)

1. Addy Vogt (SJCDS) 37

2. Alyzabeth Morgan (FIHS) 40

2. Cambree Hodge (FIHS) 40

4. Chloe Blanc (FIHS) 44

5. Kennedy Williams (FIHS) 50

6. Delaney Clark (MHS) 58

Fleming Island at Keystone Heights (Girls)

at Keystone Heights Golf and Country Club

Sept. 23

Fleming Island 169, Keystone Heights 219

1. Cambree Hodge (FIHS) 39

1. Candace Jackson (KHHS) 39

3. Alyzabeth Morgan (FIHS) 40

4. Kalia Polete (FIHS) 42

5. Jenna Roach (FIHS) 48

5. Kathryn McNeil (FIHS) 48

5. M.J. Rivera (KHHS) 48

SJCDS, Oakleaf, Middleburg (Girls)

at Eagle Landing Sept.16

1. Addy Vogt (SJCDS) 41

2. Addison Kipnis (SJCDS) 52

2. Delaney Clark (MHS) 52

4. Alexa Radford (SJCDS) 55

5. Erica Lipke (OHS) 57

Fleming Island 146, Fletcher 163 (Boys)

1. Jaylen Abbas (FIHS) 33

2. Colton Swartz (FIHS) 35

3. Jayden Diaz (FHS) 37

4. Enrique Trabal (FIHS) 38

5. Keanu Evans (FHS) 39

6. Emmet Kuhlenkamp (FIHS) 40

6. Michael Amendola (FIHS) 40


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