WARREN — The Warren Regina girls golf team doesn’t have a single senior in the lineup, but that hasn’t stopped the group, made up of two sophomores and three juniors, from excelling on the links this season.
At press time, Regina — members of the Michigan Catholic High School League — had a record of 6-1. That placed the Saddlelites one match behind first-place Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood.
Coach Josie Artymovich said she and the other coaches told the players this would be a building year for future campaigns. She said that helped the girls concentrate on having solid rounds.
“I believe, with this motive, it has helped the girls to relax and have fun playing golf this season,” Artymovich said.
That fun included a win at the 2013 Macomb County Invitational, played Sept. 16 at Burning Tree Golf Club in Macomb Township.
The Saddlelites notched a score of 355 — 28 strokes better than Macomb Lutheran North’s 383. Regina sophomore Lucy Cornwell led the Saddlelites with an 83, which was also the low score for the tournament. Sophomore Kendall Graves shot an 85 for Regina, while juniors Lauren Vance, Sydney Russu and Mia Minoletti scored 93, 94 and 98, respectively. The Saddlelites were the only group in the 12-team field to have each player break 100.
The scores of the top four players from each team are factored into the team score.
“The week before the tournament, the girls asked me what it would take to (qualify for the 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association state finals), and I told them we really need five scores under 100,” Artymovich said. “The girls listened. They all broke 100 at the Macomb County (Invitational). I think winning the county invite was a great confidence-booster going into the remainder of the season.”
With one regular-season match left at press time, Artymovich said she thinks the girls have played well this season; however, there’s always room for improvement, including working on their short games.
“That’s the key to shooting low scores,” Artymovich said, “and the girls are starting to realize it.”
Artymovich said the team has had its share of ups and downs, but the players have stayed on task. She said the girls are determined to make an appearance in the MHSAA Division 3 state finals, set for Oct. 18-19 at Grand Valley State University.
Regina’s regional is set for Oct. 9 at the Fieldstone Golf Club in Auburn Hills. The CHSL championships are set for 9 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Edgewood Country Club in Commerce Township.
“These girls are very motivated and want to continue improving their golf game,” Artymovich said. “We have (time off) before the CHSL championships and regionals, and I think this will help the girls.
“We have been going nonstop since Labor Day weekend, and I’m proud of the girls for playing so well.”