GRAND BLANC – Julie Guckian, a Linden native and Grand Valley State University senior, won the sixth annual Genesee Ladies Golf Classic at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club on July 16 after shooting a tournament record 3-under par 141. Guckian carded rounds of 70 and 71 in the 20-player field.
Guckian is last year’s Michigan Player of the Year.
Tournament organizer Jim Snow said the tournament is by invite only and goes out to the area’s high school golf coaches and college golf programs. The majority of the players come from Genesee County but Snow added that the field is opened up to include the best from Lapeer and Shiawassee counties, too.
The tournament was founded at the Flint Elks Club and the trophy honors Arlene Hagan with a spectacular crystal Arlene Hagan Cup that goes to the winner.
“Arlene was an icon at the Flint Golf Club,” said Snow. “She won something like 30 Club championships and was the first female president at the Club. She was also one of the original backers of girls’ high school golf.”
Finishing second was Darci Stocker, Davison’s girls’ golf coach. She carded 78-74-152. In third was Sam Moss, a Fenton grad, GVSU player and Guckian’s roommate. Moss fired 78-77- 155. In fourth was Brooke Gibbons, a Lapeer High player, who fired a 78-78- 156. Terry Delcamp fired 157 and sixth place was a tie with Alicia Flood, a Kearsley High and Aquinas grad, and Grand Blanc High’s Cammi Lucia. Both carded 80-79.
The remaining order of finish: Hayley Zyber 160, Kristin Wolfe 161, Kerri Parks 162, Brooke Thomas 164, Reanna Barth 175, Lizzy Marlinga 175, Tracy McCrumb 176, Chelsea Thomas 179, Gabby Stephens 181, Maggie Knight 183, Gabby Perez 199, Neeley Peterson 217, Meghan Bryant 251.
Next year the tournament continues its rotation and will be hosted at Atlas Valley.