Prep golfers from various local schools walk down the fairway during the Oakland County Division 1 tournament at Pontiac Country Club May 16. Clarkston High won the event with a team-total 297.

Prep golfers from various local schools walk down the fairway during the Oakland County Division 1 tournament at Pontiac Country Club May 16. Clarkston High won the event with a team-total 297.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Boys prep golf squads battle at D-1 tourney

By: Timothy Pontzer | C&G Newspapers | Published May 18, 2018

WATERFORD — Scoring was at a premium during this year’s Oakland County Division 1 tournament. Clarkston High topped the 24-team field at the May 16 event at Pontiac Country Club with a 9-over-par team-total 297.

Overnight rains toughened up an already notoriously difficult course, resulting in only three of 119 golfers shooting below the mark of par at 72.

“This is a really deep field, and it takes a really good day to win here,” Clarkston coach Pete Gallagher said. “In Oakland County, there’s just so many good teams. I believe the last time we won this was sometime in the ’90s, so this is a big accomplishment for us. We’re really excited.”

Junior Patrick Deardorff fired a 70 to lead the Wolves, placing second overall as an individual. Junior Harry Bowman added a 72, sophomore Cole Smaka had a 75, junior Noah Bridgeman shot an 80 and freshman Alex Oda scored an 81.

“These kids are range rats and they just love to play golf,” Gallagher praised. “They’re very committed and it’s nice to see their hard work pay off. Three of my juniors have been on varsity since they were freshmen, and this is a testament to their work ethic.”

Each team can send out up to five golfers, with the four lowest scores counting in the team total.

Birmingham Seaholm was the runner-up, earning a 303. Lake Orion High (305), Novi Detroit Catholic Central (311) and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (314) rounded out the top five.

Bloomfield Hills High notched sixth with a 28-over-par 316. Junior Alex Gold led the club with a 74, good for a tie at eighth as an individual.

“We played really well,” Bloomfield Hills coach Scott Hayes said. “We didn’t play our top game, but we got it done. Alex shot a 74. It was very wet, but to have Alex place in the top 10 in Oakland County is a thrill. I’m very pleased with our performance today.”

Rochester Adams was a single stroke behind, taking seventh with a 317.

“My normal No. 1, Matt Moriwaki, had a tough day,” Adams coach Dan Picot said of Moriwaki, who finished with an 86. “But the guys rallied around and picked him up. That was great to see, and this is what we hope to shoot. We’re progressing and want to take this momentum into regionals. We’ll keep honing our game and see what we can do.”

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s shot a 318, Farmington High notched a 321 and Birmingham Brother Rice totaled 323 to round out the top 10.

Finishing up the field was Oxford High (324), Berkley High (326), Novi High (328), Birmingham Groves (332), Walled Lake Northern (333), Troy Athens (339), Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (339), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (340), South Lyon East (340), Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (343), Everest Collegiate (344), Walled Lake Central (345), Rochester High (365) and Troy High (368).

“The guys struggled a little bit, especially around the greens,” Stoney Creek coach Tony Lafferty said. “It was a really wet course, but everyone had to play it. It made it a bit tougher, but we just had a rough go of it on the greens. We can still take a lot from this. We see where we stack up against everybody and will work hard at regionals.”

Individually, Berkley senior Jake Radom took the top spot behind a 4-under-par 68.

“I was just keeping the course in front of me and taking it one shot at a time,” said Radom, who is committed to golf at the University of Arizona. “I had five birdies in a row for one stretch and had a lot of fun. I tried to keep the meaning of the tournament out of it and focus on playing my game. I’m happy with the result, but I played it like any other round.”