Flint Junior Golf champions crowned





Flushing High golfers Joe Montpas, left, and Kerri Parks won the 18-hole championship flights.

Flushing High golfers Joe Montpas, left, and Kerri Parks won the 18-hole championship flights.

FLINT – Two Flushing High golfers completed a dominant run in the Flint Junior Golf Association season by winning the season-ending tournament last week at Swartz Creek Golf Course.

Junior Kerri Parks captured the girls’ 18-hole championship flight in the Jack Nicklaus Group by beating Goodrich junior Sydni Harding 4-and- 3 in Wednesday’s match-play final, while senior Joe Montpas took the boys’ title by beating former Raiders teammate Nick Winiarski 3-and-2.

Parks swept three of the major awards on the FJGA table this summer, winning the Henrickson Award, the Steve Braun Points Cup and the 18-hole tournament. She jumped ahead early in the tournament final, shooting even-par on the front nine and taking a 4-up lead at the turn.

“I played really well on the front,” she said. “I pulled ahead in the first few holes, but Sydni kept up. She has done real well this year, so anything could have happened.”

Left to right, Abby Schell, Jolie Brochu and Nicholas Kurtiak display their trophies as girls’ 5-hole, girls’ 9-hole and boys’ 5-hole champions, respectively.

Left to right, Abby Schell, Jolie Brochu and Nicholas Kurtiak display their trophies as girls’ 5-hole, girls’ 9-hole and boys’ 5-hole champions, respectively.

Montpas also took a 4-up lead at the turn, starting slowly but winning holes 6, 7, 8 and 9 to pull away. Winiarksi birdied No. 12 to close the gap, but Montpas wrapped it up with a par on No. 16.

“It was definitely fun,” said Montpas, who rode to the final match with his teammate. “Lots of laughs and less stressful, I guess. I knew what he was going to do, and he knew what I was going to do, what clubs we were going to hit.”

Montpas also won the Mancour Cup and was contending for the Braun Cup before skipping the final week to play in the Golf Association of

Michigan Junior Amateur.

Jason Raske won the boys’ first flight with a 3-and-2 victory over Davison High teammate Sean Pierson. Grand Blanc’s Steve Semrau took the second flight with a 1-up victory over Powers Catholic’s Noah Reeser.

Davison’s Evan VandePutte won the girls’ first flight with a 3-and- 2 triumph over Fenton’s Keegan Miller.

Cameron Beckwith is the boys’ 9-hole champion.

Cameron Beckwith is the boys’ 9-hole champion.

The other 18-hole flight finals:

Boys

Third: Kearsley’s Jack Vollmar def. Flushing’s Bradley Brown 7-and-6

Fourth: Grand Blanc’s Andrew Robson def. Carman-Ainsworth’s John Karbowski 3-and-2

Fifth: Kearsley’s Lance Blight def. Grand Blanc’s Nicholas Waterworth 1-up

Sixth: Grand Blanc’s Zachary Pinder def. Powers Catholic’s Jacob Hush 19 holes

Seventh: Flushing’s Mitchell Lucky def. Swartz Creek’s Erik Reich 7-and-5.

Girls

Second: Flushing’s Kayla Gerhardt def. Goodrich’s Megan Reimel 6-and-5

Third: Lapeer’s Callie Kennedy def. Fenton’s Sylvia Stack 8-and-6.

The 9-hole champions were Goodrich seventh-grader Jolie Brochu, daughter of former Flint General Stephan Brochu, and Swartz Creek freshman Cameron Beckwith.

The 5-hole champs were Swartz Creek fifth-grader Nicholas Kurtiak and Grand Blanc fifth-grader Abby Schell, daughter and niece of former Swartz Creek High standouts Beth and Sara Simnitch and granddaughter of area golf standout Denny Simnitch. Sara Simnitch was a 5-hole and 9-hole FJGA champion.


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