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Harrison Township

May 3, 2013

L’Anse Creuse boys golf team displaying strong work ethic

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse boys golf team sat one half game out of first place in the MAC White at press time. Pictured is Lancers sophomore Pat Carmody during an April 30 match with Utica High.

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse boys golf coach Scott Opalewski said he believes his team will remain competitive for the remainder of the regular season and the 2013 postseason because of their skills on the course and some strong intangibles.

“The (players) get along very well with each other and should improve as weather and course conditions get better,” said Opalewski, who has coached the Lancers for 15 years.

“My players are eager to learn and work hard.”

That hard work has L’Anse Creuse in the chase for its third division title in six years. The Lancers, at press time,  sat at 2-1, 1-1 Macomb Area Conference White Division. L’Anse Creuse captured league titles in 2008 and 2011.

The Lancers were just behind Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (2-1, 2-1 MAC White) at press time.

Opalewski highlighted a number of players who may help lead L’Anse Creuse to another league title.

He said senior Luke Buzo, a second-year captain, displays good leadership skills, manages his game well and hits the ball a long way; sophomore Pat Carmody has a good all-around game; senior Tyler Andrews, a second-year captain, displays good leadership skills; junior Sam Van Camp has a solid long game, is good with his irons and has the potential to score low; and freshman Nick Omilian already contributes consistently.

“Our league has some very good golf programs. Every match is a battle,” Opalewski said. “That will certainly help us for the postseason. We’re also playing in seven tournaments this year before the (2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1) districts begin.

“I felt our team needed more 18-hole events to prepare for the tough district ahead of us.”

That district will be played May 29-31 or June 1 at the Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township. The district will be hosted by Utica Eisenhower.

Opalewski said his team must improve its short game, chipping and putting if it hopes to have postseason success.

“We must learn to adapt to tough conditions and overcome the bad holes,” Opalewski said.

Tough conditions have hampered L’Anse Creuse and a number of other teams early in the season. Opalewski said his team has had limited opportunities to practice outdoors and work on its weaknesses.

“Tough conditions are mentally and physically draining for most golfers,” Opalewski said. “All of these factors have contributed to higher-than-normal scoring in matches and tournaments.”

The Lancers next hit the links for a matchup with Macomb Dakota, set for 2:30 p.m. May 9 at Sycamore Hills in Macomb.

For time and date information on the MHSAA districts, check www.mhsaa.com.

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