Novi Detroit Catholic Central wins Oakland County D-1 tournament
Each of the 5 Shamrock golfers placed in the top 10
The Novi Detroit Catholic Central golf team poses with the Oakland County D-1 tournament trophy after winning the event May 17. The Shamrocks posted a 4-under-par team-total 284.
Posted May 17, 2017
WATERFORD — On the warmest day so far in the calendar year, the Novi Detroit Catholic Central golf team dominated the Oakland County Division 1 tournament May 17 at the Pontiac Country Club in Waterford.
With the thermostat climbing up to 85 degrees, each of the Shamrocks shot well below that, posting a 4-under-par team-total 284.
"Weatherwise it has been a tough year, so to be able to golf in shorts and short-sleeved shirts is definitely welcomed and makes a big difference," said Catholic Central coach Mike Anderson.
Each team can send out up to five golfers with the top four low scores counting towards the team total.
Anderson employed five seniors against the 22-team field, with three shooting under par and all five placing in the top 10. Senior James Piot earned medalist honors behind a 3-under-par 69.
"It has been that kind of year so far," Anderson said. "These five young men have played very solid from the beginning of the year until now. Hopefully we can carry that on for the rest of the season."
Clarkston High was the runner-up after a 302 followed by third-place finisher Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood with a 306.
Birmingham Seaholm (309), Orchard Lake St. Mary's (310), Rochester Adams (322), Bloomfield Hills High (327), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (327), Lake Orion High (328) and Novi High (330) rounded out the top 10.
Oxford High was next with a 332, followed by Berkley High's 333 and Troy High placing 13th overall behind a 334.
"This is always one of the top tournaments in the state," said Troy coach John Getzan. "The competition is as good as you're going to find. The course is demanding and is a great steppingstone setting you up for states."
Senior Trevor Davis led the Colts with a 78.
"We have been getting better every week," Getzan said. "We started out with a lot of young guys. We have two seniors and two other guys that didn't have any varsity experience before. We're getting better, and that is always what we strive for."
Birmingham Brother Rice took 14th after a 335, followed by Clarkston Everest Collegiate (336) and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (337).
"The first nine holes the weather cooperated, but then on the back half the wind really started picking up and messing with some shots," said Stoney Creek coach Tony Lafferty. "It was a tough round of golf, but the guys did OK and came through pretty well."
Lafferty said that the Cougars were only two strokes off of their best score of the year.
"This is the last tournament before regionals," Lafferty said. "It is good for them to get a good round at a course like this. Hopefully we're peaking at the right time."
Troy Athens finished next with a 341.
"We played here earlier in the year for a league meet and every one of our guys improved on their score from that day," said Athens coach Dan Cooper. "Even though the weather got quite warm and it was really windy out there, they showed what they can do."
The Red Hawks were led by senior Adam Cowper (81) and junior Grant Weidman (83).
"(Catholic Central) had five in the top 10, so we had two guys in the top 20, and I'm really proud of that," Cooper said. "We're fired up for the regional."
Rochester High (352), Farmington High (354), Walled Lake Central (357), White Lake Lakeland (360) and Auburn Hills Avondale (395) rounded out the field.
"This is a really well run tournament in great weather," said Walled Lake Central coach Mark Willard. "We enjoyed seeing all the competitors from schools that aren't in our conference. There were a lot of tremendous golfers and a chance to network with other coaches. All in all it was a great day."
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Timothy Pontzer is a sports reporter who covers Oakland and Macomb counties for the Shelby-Utica News, Macomb Chronicle, Troy Times and Rochester Post. Pontzer has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2016 and is a proud graduate of Oakland University.
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