Coral Shores' Gabby Thomas has cemented herself thus far as the Keys' top female golfer.

Coral Shores’ Gabby Thomas has solidified her lead as the Keys’ top female golfer. The boys competition is still up in the air.

On Sept. 12, all three Keys teams met up in Marathon to play nine holes at Florida Keys Country Club. Key West’s Devon Gilday and Marathon’s Fisher Coleman-Sayer tied for first place, each scoring a solid 39. Key West took third through sixth places with Rocco Twyman shooting a 41, Andrew Bassett 46, Peyton Zubieta 48 and Thomas Highsmith 50. It was then Marathon’s turn to take the next four places, with Cullen Coleman Sayer scoring a 53, Michael Merryman 55, Aiden Richard 57 and Rocco Piscetello 58. Derek Ramos was Coral Shores’ top golfer in 11th place with a 63.

For the girls, Gabby Thomas of Coral Shores came in first place with a score of 51 followed by Key West’s Savannah Oropeza (53) and Claudia Sterling (58). Elise Dolton of Marathon shot a 66, which was good enough for a fourth place finish, and teammate Summer Haines shot a 68.  Breanna Santana of Key West finished 6th with a 71.

The teams met again at Ocean Reef’s Hammock Course on Sept. 15, and this time it was a three-way tie for first as Gilday and Fisher Coleman-Sayer shared the podium with Coral Shores’ Preston Carroll after the match. All three scored a 44. Twyman was fourth with a 46, followed by Highsmith with a 49.  Rounding out the top ten in the match were Tanel Irons (CS, 54), Zubieta (56), Billy Martin (MHS, 57) and Merryman (MHS, 59).

On the girls’ side, Thomas took another win, shooting a 49, followed by Oropeza (53) and Sterling (60). Kaylee Arsenault of Key West ended in fourth place, Sophia Borders of Coral Shores took fifth, and Santana earned a sixth place finish in the match.

Coral Shores played in a bonus match on Sept. 13, taking on the Sabers of St. Brendan at International Links of Miami. The ’Canes boys won the match, this time with Irons tying a Saber for first with a 49. Carroll shot a 53, which was good for third place, Cayson Johnson and Andrew Kumar both shot  a 58, Allen Perez shot a 59, and Aidan Althouse came in tenth place with a 64. Luke Warfield and Dominic Gonzalez tied for 11th place, each shooting a 66.

The Lady ’Canes did not have enough golfers in stroke play to make an official team, but as individuals, Gabby Thomas tied for third shooting a 59 and Mattie Johnson tied for fifth with a 69.

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Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.