FLINT — High school teammates went head-to-head on the final day of Flint Junior Golf Association play this week.
Thomas James and Connor Carey of Grand Blanc matched up in the boys’ championship flight, while Kristen Loiselle and Morgan Storer of Swartz Creek squared off in the girls’ first flight of the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Group at Swartz Creek Golf Course. Those finals were played yesterday, after VIEW deadlines, so the results will be published next week.
James dominated two rounds of qualifying play Monday and Tuesday, shooting 2-over-par 71-75-146 to earn medalist honors. Carey was close behind at 75-73-148 to land his spot in the match-play final. No other golfers were closer than five strokes of the two Bobcats.
Gabe Schiller of Davison was third at 75-78-153, followed by Swartz Creek’s Jack Weller at 73-81-154, Grand Blanc’s Jordan Harris at 77-77-154, Davison’s Joe Richards at 73-82-155, Goodrich’s Blake Shiflett at 76-79-155, Lapeer East’s Drake Lamphere at 77- 78-155 and Flushing’s Mickey Montpas at 75-80-155.
Loiselle earned the No. 1 seed in the girls’ flight with an 86 Monday, then beat No. 4 seed Brooke Thomas, 3- and-2, in Tuesday’s match play semifinals. Storer took the No. 2 seed with a 93 and routed Megan Pfarrer, 7-and-5, in the other semifinal.
The girls’ championship final matched Chloe Lawrie of Swartz Creek against Samantha Moss of Fenton. Lawrie was medalist in Monday’s qualifying with a 77, then beat No. 4 seed Caycee Turczyn of Lapeer West by default in Tuesday’s match play semifinals. Moss, the No. 3 seed, beat No. 2 Alicia Flood of Kearsley, 4-and-3.
In the boys’ first flight, Alex Finsterwald of Grand Blanc beat topseeded Zack Sutica, 3-and-2, while No. 2 Cullen Turczyn of Lapeer West ousted Devon Cota, 6-and-4. In the second flight, Swartz Creek’s Hunter Hull beat Alex Zilinski, 6-and-4, while Grand Blanc’s Scott James edged Evan Flood, 2-and-1. In the third flight, Brad Szczesny of Lapeer West topped Nicholas Winarski, 5-and-4, while Austin Landis needed 19 holes to beat Nicholas Goyette, 1-up.
Noah Rocheleau won the championship flight of the nine-hole Phil Mickelson Group, beating top-seeded Joe Montpas, 2-and-1, in the semifinals and Jason Raske, 3-and-1, in the final. Rocheleau, a freshman at Goodrich, was seeded fourth after shooting 40 in the qualifying round.