County’s best golfers hit the fairways for championship
PONTIAC — Birmingham Seaholm assistant girls golf coach Cathie Fritz admits she was a little worried around the 13-hole mark of the Division 1 Oakland County championship Sept. 18 at the Pontiac Country Club.
Fritz said she saw some bogeys on the cards and wasn’t sure where the Maples would finish.
“In the last five holes, they rallied with a lot of pars and a few birdies,” the coach said.
With the charge, Seaholm took the crown with a team-total 325, beating Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day by a stroke. Troy High finished third with 327.
“I’m thrilled. They did a great job,” Fritz said.
Rounding out the field were Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, 329; Farmington Hills Mercy, 336; South Lyon High, 339; Novi High, 344; North Farmington-Harrison, 345; Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, 350; Lake Orion High, 360; Bloomfield Hills High, 360; Milford High, 361; Rochester High, 367; Rochester Adams, 370; Oxford High, 372; Bloomfield Hills Marian, 383; Clarkston High, 389; and South Lyon East, 425.
Seaholm senior Riley Miller said a tournament win like this is a boost of confidence.
“It’s amazing and great heading into regionals and states,” she said. “We want to do good things there.”
She also added that the depth of the squad with Megan Lam, Jamie Greene, Allegra Cunningham and Jordan Michalak on the roster makes it tough to beat.
“It’s great to know there are people on other parts of the course that are there to back you up,” Miller said.
Troy coach John Getzan said he was pleased with his team’s showing, but he knows there is room for improvement.
“Pontiac Country Club always plays harder than we give it credit for,” he said. “The girls aren’t happy with the finish, which is good for me. We’ve worked hard over the summer, and it shows.”
Individually, it was a three-way tie for the title, with North Farmington-Harrison’s Sophie Kollin, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek’s Bailey Compton and Rochester High’s Veronica Haque each shooting 75.
Haque said she hit an approach shot within inches of the hole early on in the round for her second birdie, which propelled her on to a strong finish.
“I know there are a lot of good players here. I just tried to do my best and take it one shot at a time,” she said.
Compton was even on her back nine, helping her to the co-championship.
“The best thing I did today was just play my game. I didn’t pay attention to the scores, or wonder if I was leading or not,” she said, adding that her putting carried her. “When you one-putt a green, you gain so much confidence. On the next hole, even if you don’t hit the green, you have confidence that you’ll get up and sink the putt.”
With only a handful of regular-season tournament remaining, the squads now begin to turn their attention to regional tournaments, which run Oct. 9-12 at various locations across the state.