Matanzas freshman Alek Libby, who shot a 4-over 40, was the match's medalist.
It's been a long process the past couple of seasons for Matanzas' boys golf team. But with the postseason nearing, the Pirates are starting to see the fruits of their labor.
The Pirates completed the season sweep of rival Flagler Palm Coast, defeating the Bulldogs in the final match of the regular season with a total score of 173 to 199 the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 10, at Palm Harbor Golf Club. The victory propelled the Pirates to a 12-1 record.
Matanzas freshman Alek Libby, who shot a 4-over 40, was the match's medalist. Libby fired a 3-over 39 to earn medalist honors the first time these teams met at the beginning of this season.
Pirates coach Thad Busby said his team has improved about 20 strokes from last season.
"These guys come to practice every day and work," he said. "That's what it takes."
The Pirates' Erik Libby, who shot 44, added: “Every single year we’ve gotten better. It’s been a great run.”
Erik Libby was among several seniors for the Pirates who played their final rounds at Palm Harbor Golf Club, their home course. Three seniors played their final regular season matches for the Bulldogs, as well.
“We’re leaving behind some great memories," said FPC's Joseph Rizzo, who has played for the Bulldogs since he was a freshman. “I’m definitely going to miss it. It’s a little emotional. It’s been a long, great journey, and I’m just happy to be here.”