METAMORA – Through rain and shine, golfers from 21 schools across the area made their way to Metamora Golf and Country Club to compete in the 28th annual Lapeer Tune-Up last Friday. In the end, it was Oxford that won the title with a 323. Lapeer finished in a close second with a 327 and Fenton followed in third with a 339. Carman-Ainsworth posted a team-total 465 for 20th.
John Karbowski led the Cavs with a 97, while Nathan Ratynski finished with a 121. Lucas Bostwick added a 122 and Aaron Carter finished with a 125.
Utica Ford placed fourth with a 343, Grand Blanc was fifth with a 345, Notre Dame Prep was sixth with a 354 and Eisenhower finished seventh with a 361. Davison placed eighth with a 370, Waterford Mott ninth with 380, Lake Fenton 10th with 381, Lakeland 11th with 385, Frankenmuth 12th with 385 and Holly 13th with 386. Saginaw Heritage finished 14th with a 387, Goodrich 15th with a 388, Kearsley 16th with a 406, New Lothrop 17th with 412 and North Branch 18th with a 418. Waterford Kettering placed 19th with a 432 and Brandon was 21st with an incomplete score as one golfer was unable to finish.
When the tournament began, temperatures were in the high-40s with rain showers blanketing the course. Golfers donned their winter hats and gloves, but as the day progressed, the temperature began to rise and allow for regular spring gear to be worn. By the end of the day, temperatures were in the low-60s, though gusts of wind kept the air feeling cool for most of the day.
“We’re just happy to get it through. The weather is cooperating, it’s probably one of the nicest days we’ve had in a while,” noted Lapeer coach Steve Stearns midway through the tournament. “There’s a lot of young kids out there, there’s a lot of kids struggling, but there’s also some good players. But we’re happy to get it in and get a tournament under our belt and see what we can work on.”
As far as course conditions, Stearns noted the course couldn’t have responded better to the harsh conditions that pummeled it earlier in the day.
“Andy Dalton is the head greenskeeper out here and he does an excellent job,” continued Stearns. “The greens are in excellent condition, the course drains really well, it’s really playable. We play lift, clean and place and rake, clean and place in the bunkers. But the course is in great shape, it’s always windy so it’s going to play a little longer because it’s soft, but it’s in good shape.”
Golfers began their day around 9:30 a.m. and ended it right around 4 p.m., with the few remaining teams filing in around 4:30 p.m. For many teams, this was their first time out this season.