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September 21, 2012

Oakland County golf teams compete for bragging rights

Farmington Hills Mercy takes Division 1 title

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Oakland County golf teams compete for bragging rights
Farmington Hills Mercy’s Sarah Montone tees off in the Division 1 Oakland County Tournament Sept. 19 at Pontiac Country Club. The Marlins won by 17 strokes.

PONTIAC — Farmington Hills Mercy golf coach Vicky Kowalski said she loved her team’s attitude.

“These girls are frowning when they don’t break 80,” she said with a laugh.

And the Marlins were all smiles when shots were all tallied up in the Division 1 Oakland County Tournament at Pontiac Country Club Sept. 19.

Sending five players out and counting the top four, Mercy won the event, going away with a 326 total. South Lyon High was second with 343.

Birmingham Seaholm (344), Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (345), Troy High (348), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (351), Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (353), North Farmington-Harrison (361), Clarkston High (366), Rochester High (366), Rochester Adams (373), Bloomfield Hills Marian (376), Novi High (379), Milford High (382), Lake Orion High (401), Bloomfield Hills Andover (401), South Lyon East (408), Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart (413) and Walled Lake Central (477) made up the rest of the field.

“We were confident going in and knew we had the potential, but we wanted to live up to it,” Mercy’s Gillian Hickey said.

Brenna Hammond led the Marlins with 77. The rest of the Marlins played well also. Sarah Montone shot 81; Hickey finished with 80; Jess Geer shot 88; and Erica Heath carded an 89.

Milford High’s Gaby Brockreg was the medalist with 76.

Kowalski said Mercy last won the title in 2002, and the squad didn’t play well in its last 18-hole tournament a week ago.

“I told the girls that I didn’t care about those scores. That tournament was to get their feet wet, and that this one was the important one,” the coach said.

“My goal was to finish in the top eight,” said North Farmington-Harrison coach Bruce Sutton, whose squad placed eighth. “I know we’re not an elite team yet, and we are young. Every invitational, our scores have been going lower. So the hard work seems to be helping.”

For Rochester, which finished tied for ninth, it was a tournament to learn from and use as the season progresses.

“You can’t let one shot string together a lot of bad shots, especially in big tournaments,” Rochester coach Jeff Haney said. “A couple of the girls came back (from bad shots), but I didn’t see the locked-in focus like I know we can have.”

Division 2
On the other side of town, many of the other teams from Oakland County teed it up in the D-2 tournament at Pontiac Municipal Golf Course.

Oxford High won the event with 356. Bloomfield Hills Lahser fired a team total 357 and took second.

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (367), Walled Lake Western (374), Farmington High (374), Holly High (377), Troy Athens (377), West Bloomfield High (384), Ortonville Brandon (384), Lakeland High (392), Auburn Hills Avondale (404), Birmingham Groves (414), Royal Oak High (415), Waterford Kettering (422), Waterford Mott (430), Walled Lake Northern (432) and Berkley High had two athletes compete to round out the field.

Troy Athens’ Jennifer Yang fired 77 to take the top spot.

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