BATTLE CREEK — Macomb Lutheran North boys golf coach Mike Morris said there’s something funny about his team finishing eighth at the 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state finals.
“It’s funny because we finished fourth in 2010, but in three state finals prior to that, we finished eighth,” Morris said. “It seems like that’s our spot.”
The Mustangs, which won a D-3 regional title June 6 to qualify for their second straight state final, had to make a move on the second day of the finals, held June 14-15 at the Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek, to claim that eighth spot after being in the 12th-place slot after day one. Lutheran North as a team shot a 315 on day two to respond after scoring a 336 the first day for a total score of 651.
Lansing Catholic High School shot a 613 over two days to claim the D-3 state title.
“I was happy to see the boys respond on day two because we just didn’t have it the first day,” Morris said. “You can really only afford to have one score worse than an 85, and we had three on the first day, but the guys didn’t get down on themselves and they battled.”
Lutheran North senior Dan Raicevich led the Mustangs with a two-day score of 159 (79-80). Sophomore Jameson McHale and freshman Scott Sparks each recorded 163. Senior Davis Harm rebounded to shoot a 78 on day two and finished at 169. Senior Jake Stopin shot a 171 for the finals.
“(Raicevich) ended his high school career on a pretty good note, and (McHale) shot a season-best 79 on the second day, and he was able to birdie three par-3s,” Morris said. “We were able to do some things on the second day to finish with a solid showing.
“It wasn’t exactly the finish we wanted, but we’ve had a good season. We were able to win a regional and accomplish some good things. There’s no reason for these guys to hold their heads down.”