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October 23, 2013

Blue Devils golf takes fourth at state finals

Pendy takes top honors

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

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Grosse Pointe South’s Tenley Shield follows her shot during the state finals. Shield finished in fourth place individually with scores of 78, 81.

EAST LANSING — Grosse Pointe South’s Lily Pendy won the top medalist title at the MHSAA Division 1 state finals held this past weekend at Forest Akers West in East Lansing.

Shooting scores of 74 and 76 in the two-day competition, Pendy’s cumulative score of 150 was six strokes better than her closest competitor. Her first-place finish helped South take fourth place in team competition with a score of 726 for the weekend.

“She scrambled to get up and down when she had to. She really played fantastic golf,” South coach Mike Rennell said.

As a team, Rennell was pleased with the way South performed, despite having a golfer withdraw on the second day due to illness.

“I expected us to be in the top five, and they were. We played well. The girls scrambled, they played well, and I can’t be unhappy with the way we played because any time you’re top five in the state, that’s pretty good,” Rennell said.

Senior Tenley Shield shot a 78 and 81 to take home fourth place individually.

South finished the season as MAC Red champions with an 8-0 record in league play. To qualify for the state finals, South shot 337 as a team to finish in second place at the regional tournament that was held at Dearborn Country Club.

“As a team, I think we played about as well as we possibly could have. We worked hard and prepared well, and I’m really proud of all that we accomplished,” Rennell said.

Plymouth won the state team title with a score of 706 while Stoney Creek and Troy rounded out the top three with scores of 710 and 711, respectively.

For more on Pendy’s run to the top of the leaderboard, check back to our website, candgnews.com/sports.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.