Local golf teams, individuals wrap up seasons in finals

By: Mark Vest | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 19, 2013

 David Szymanski was one of five golfers to represent Grosse Pointe South at the state finals.

David Szymanski was one of five golfers to represent Grosse Pointe South at the state finals.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

Grosse Pointe South’s boys golf team completed its season with a ninth-place finish at the Division 1 state finals, which took place June 14-15 at Forest Akers West at Michigan State University.

South finished the tournament with a score of 629.

“We had a pretty good one,” South coach Rob McIntyre said of his team’s season. “Last year, we finished seventh in the states. We lost three (Geoffrey Welsher, Will Hyde and Robert Sommerville) of the five people that played in that year. I knew from the onset of the season there would be a lot of movement between the players in order to set it up for this year. I really needed to whittle it down to who was going to perform at the end of the season in the playoffs. It was extremely difficult to pick a final five grouping. I can’t emphasize that enough.

“We had people who weren’t playing in the state finals that could have played in the state finals on any other team. You didn’t see Mike Stavale or Henry Buzolits in the state finals, but they were right there at the end. They worked extremely hard.”

Joe Becker shot 150 for South throughout 36 holes, which was put him in the top 10 amongst individuals at the D-1 tournament.

Jeffrey Craig, David Szymanski, Jonathan Theros and Reis Becker also made the trip to East Lansing to represent South at the finals.

South won a district title and placed third in a D-1 regional tournament prior to its appearance at the state finals.

Becker and Craig are the only two players who won’t be returning for South next season. According to McIntyre, the rest of his squad was made up of freshmen and sophomores. He has already given some thought as to what may be required for South to make another appearance in the state finals.

“Next season, it’s (going to) be interesting because we’re extremely young,” he said. “Players on the team this year were very aware that hard work, dedication and living up to their responsibilities was what enabled them to get as far as they did this year. For next year, because we have made the state finals the last three out of four years, I’m cautious about the team developing sort of an entitled feeling that making the state finals is automatic — it’s far from automatic.”

In other local golf news:
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett also made it to the state finals as a team, competing at the Division 4 tournament June 14-15 at Forest Akers East at Michigan State University, where the Knights finished in 15th place and shot 686.

Liggett placed third at a regional tournament June 5 to advance to the state finals.

Stephen Campau, Paul Sidhu, Luke Soyka, Thomas Peracchio and Joey Maniacci represented Liggett at the finals.

Grosse Pointe North’s Garrett Freismuth’s score of 77 at a D-1 regional tournament June 4 made him eligible to compete individually at the finals, where he shot 160.

Grosse Pointe resident Charlie Bolton, who attends University of Detroit Jesuit, shot 163 at the tournament.