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November 6, 2013

Current group of Regina golfers out for more success after run to state finals

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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With its trip to the 2013 MHSAA D-3 state finals, the Warren Regina golf team made its first appearance at the finals since 2010. Pictured is Saddlelites junior Mia Minoletti, in the foreground, lining up a shot during a regular-season match against Birmingham Marian.

WARREN — Each of the five Warren Regina golfers who played in the 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state finals will return to the team next season.

When asked to forecast what they believe the group, with another year of play under its belt, could accomplish next season, the girls’ faces light up.

“If we just keep working hard, we can do anything,” said Saddlelites junior Sydney Rusu, a Harrison Township resident.

“We want to go back to the state finals and play a little better than we did this year,” said Regina sophomore Kendall Graves, who lives in Detroit.

The Saddlelites as a team shot a 792 over two days at the 2013 D-3 finals, which took place Oct. 18-19 at Grand Valley State University. That score put Regina at ninth in the 15-team field.

The trip to the state finals was the first for the Saddlelites golf program, led by coach Bob Artymovich and assistant coach Josie Artymovich, since 2010.

“We didn’t play as well as we would have liked to, but it was still great to make it that far as a team,” said Regina junior Mia Minoletti, a Harrison Township resident.

Graves led the Saddlelites at the state finals with a two-day score of 179. Rusu tallied a 199, while sophomore teammate Lucy Cornwell, junior Lauren Vance and Minoletti notched scores of 204, 214 and 220, respectively.

This has been somewhat of a banner season for the Saddlelites’ golf team. Regina won the 2013 Macomb County Invitational — a 12-team tournament that took place Sept. 16 at the Burning Tree Golf Club in Macomb Township. The Saddlelites, in winning the county invite, bested second-place Macomb Lutheran North by 28 strokes. That Lutheran North team played in the D-4 state finals.

Regina finished third at a regional tournament to qualify for the finals. The Saddlelites shot a 383 at the regional, which took place Oct. 9 at the Fieldstone Golf Club in Pontiac.

Regina went into the postseason with a 7-1 record and finished second in the Catholic High School League to Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood. The Saddlelites ended the regular season    two matches up on third-place Birmingham Marian.

“There were some tough matches we played in this year with the weather being pretty bad for some of them, but we fought through it,” said Cornwell, who lives in Fair Haven.

“This whole year has been such a good experience for us with all we’ve been through,” said Vance, of Shelby Township. “With all of us coming back, and the team bringing in a couple of talented freshman, we feel good about next season.”

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.