LAPEER – The Lake Orion girls’ golf team defended its Lapeer Tune-up title Friday at the Lapeer Country Club outscoring the field with a 348 for its fourth straight Tune-Up victory. South Lyon’s A team was second with 352 and Lapeer, last year’s runner-up, placed third with a 360.
Twenty teams were in contention Friday and at least seven were state ranked last season including Almont, Birmingham Seaholm, Cranbrook, Lapeer, Lake Orion, Rochester and South Lyon. The 2017 Div. 1 state champs, Rochester, were also in the mix along with Brandon, Davison, Flushing, Grand Blanc, Hartland, Kearsley, Lake Orion, Linden, Oxford, Rochester Adams, Saginaw Heritage, South Lyon (who brought two teams), Utica and Utica Eisenhower.
Birmingham Seaholm finished fourth with a 361, followed by Hartland with a 363, Cranbrook with a 370 and Almont with a 375. Grand Blanc shot a 382, Eisenhower 385, Rochester Adams 390, Saginaw Heritage 397, Rochester 401, Flushing 405, Davison 406, South Lyon’s B team 411, Oxford 420, Linden 430, Utica 460 and Brandon 642. Kearsley was also in attendance, but did not have enough golfers to post a final score.
For Grand Blanc, the Bobcats were led by Madison Brigance, who carded an 87. Erin Walter followed with a 96, Cameryn Cass shot a 97, Halee Frame shot a 100 and Katherine Mansour carded a 108.
Flushing was led by Kamryn Yue, who shot a 95. Sarah Kennedy carded a 99, Veronica Mayer 102, Anastasia Fox 109 and Olivia Lipe 115.
Davison’s Isabel Mabry turned in the best score for the Cardinals with an 84 on the day. Mabry was followed by Brooke Kalisz with a 103, Abbey Ross with a 107, Caylee Ries with a 112 and Kennady Fox with a 121.
Kearsley only had three girls attend the Tune-Up, with Grace Hoffman carding an 85, Emma Bishoff shooting a 101 and Lauren Pariseau carding a 147.
Thursday evening’s downpour had Lapeer coach, and host of the Tune-Up, Steve Carlson, not too worried until he approached the course. Turns out, he had nothing to worry about.
“Course conditions are awesome. For a public course, this is one of the nicest kept courses around. The condition was good, with the amount of rain we got yesterday, I wasn’t really thinking about it, somebody asked me if we were going to play a lift, clean and place and I automatically said no, and then as we’re driving out there I was thinking ‘oh my gosh we got a bunch of rain,’ but it was fine though.”
“The course was in great shape, I saw the workers were working on the bunkers this morning, because those were all washed out. They have some of the nicest bunkers around and it looks like they got them all fixed in time for us to play.”
Dropping down to 20 teams helped keep the golfers on pace, too.
“I’d say overall when we dropped it down to 20 teams, and with Pat’s (Cronin) help with coordinating the tournament, this is by far the fastest the tournament has gone. I think a lot of it has to do with running the threesomes. I think by far this is the fastest it’s went, it seems like there were not many snags,” said Lapeer coach Steve Carlson.
The Tune-Up marked the beginning of the season for many teams that attended. Flushing, Grand Blanc and Kearsley are all back in action today, while Davison will compete next on Monday.