LAPEER – More than 20 teams will gather at Lapeer Country Club on Friday for the annual Lapeer Lightning Summer Tune-up golf invitational.
Coaches will get a good long look at their teams in what will be the first competition of the season for most of them. Girls’ golf season officially opens today.
“The Tune-up is named that because it’s going to be one of the first tournaments in the state,” said Steve Carlson, coach of the Lapeer High team that will host the event. “We’ll have a variety of teams and a good mix of girls.”
The 21-team field includes defending champion Lake Orion and 2013 champion South Lyon, which will bring two teams. The others are Macomb Lutheran North, Bloomfield Hills, South Lyon East, Saginaw Heritage, Flint Kearsley, Clio, Utica, Port Huron Northern, Troy Athens, Brandon, Oxford, Imlay City, Fenton, Swartz Creek and Davison’s B team. Lapeer will have three teams entered.
“Some people don’t like it that big, but even if we had a few more teams, we would have been able to handle it,” said Carlson. “Twenty-one will end up being a good number. It will move a little faster.”
The 18-hole event was completed in less than five hours last year under the direction of tournament manager Pat Cronin, who previously managed seven Lapeer Summer Tune-ups when the tourney was hosted by Lapeer West.
Carlson didn’t hesitate to enter three Lightning squads. He had two teams in last year’s Tune-up, and they finished fifth and 10th in the 23-team field. Five players from those teams are back this year, and Carlson has several golfers on his 18-player roster coming off strong summer campaigns.
“The depth is so good that we’re able to put three teams in,” he said. “I can’t do that in another tournament.”
Last year’s medalist was Rochester’s Veronica Hoque with a 71, two strokes better than Lake Orion’s Moyea Russell.
This year’s event will tee off at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.