Grosse Pointe South golfers Evan Theros, left, Tommy Sullivan, Patrick Sullivan, Coalter Smith and Charlie Schuetze are pictured after winning the Detroit Golf Club High School Invitational earlier this spring. According to the most recent Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association rankings, South is the No. 1 Lower Peninsula Division 1 team in the state.

Grosse Pointe South golfers Evan Theros, left, Tommy Sullivan, Patrick Sullivan, Coalter Smith and Charlie Schuetze are pictured after winning the Detroit Golf Club High School Invitational earlier this spring. According to the most recent Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association rankings, South is the No. 1 Lower Peninsula Division 1 team in the state.

Photo provided by Patti Theros


South boys golf ranked as the top Lower Peninsula team in the state

By: Mark Vest | Grosse Pointe Times | Published May 15, 2018

GROSSE POINTES — When asked about the program’s primary goals this season, Grosse Pointe South boys golf coach Robert McIntyre said that if his team plays to the best of their abilities, “we’ll end up where we’re supposed to be — that, and win states.”

Although that comment was followed with a laugh, McIntyre is keenly aware of the respect his team has earned.

In the most recent Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association rankings, South was ranked as the No. 1 Lower Peninsula Division 1 team in the state.

South has finished runner-up to Novi-Detroit Catholic Central in each of the last two seasons at the MHSAA Division 1 finals, which McIntyre said has been the program’s best finishes.

He would like for South to complete this season by making program history.

“So far, these boys have achieved things that we haven’t seen before,” McIntyre said. “And, again, we’re contending to win the state final. We have some tough competition, but we’re staying focused and we’re just pushing towards that goal.”

McIntyre said South has won several tournaments this year. Helping to lead the way have been the team’s top four players: seniors Patrick Sullivan and Evan Theros, junior Coalter Smith and sophomore Tommy Sullivan.

Other players on South’s squad are Chris Scupholm, Evan Skaff, Jeff Krotche and Charlie Schuetze.

Aside from having talented golfers, there are other intangibles that can work in South’s favor as the program attempts to make this season a special one.

McIntyre said he has been impressed with the amount of work, dedication and cooperation between the players.

He has also taken notice of how they have handled the team’s No. 1 ranking.

“They haven’t let it go to their heads,” McIntyre said. “They’re working hard instead of resting on laurels.”

Although they may be young, high expectations aren’t necessarily anything new for South’s squad.

“The past couple years we’ve been ranked near the top five in the state, so we’ve kind of gotten used to taking on that role,” Theros said. “I think our top four players have all played in the state finals the last three years. (We’ve) had high expectations each year, so I think we’re pretty comfortable.”

Instead of telling his golfers what to do, McIntyre prefers them to think about the decisions they’re making on the course. And with the “intelligent” group he’s got to work with, that method can lead to impressive results.

“I get out there and I watch some of these players play, and it’s like they’re outgrowing my coaching because they have reached that level,” McIntyre said. “They are ready for the next step. … They’re making great decisions, and then they’re executing the decisions better than people I’ve ever seen, unless they’re pros. I’ve been around a few pros, and these are still high school golfers, but their decision making and their execution is truly fantastic.”

McIntyre credited his assistant coaches, Drew Gaines and David Wittwer, for doing a “fantastic” job.

South’s coaching staff has had a great view of what could be the best team the state of Michigan has to offer.

“I’m super excited,” McIntyre said. “We’re good. … They’re good kids. I like being around them because they remind me constantly what a special game it really is.”

South plays in a D-1 regional May 31 at the Orchards Golf Club in Washington, Michigan. A top-three finish is required to secure the program’s seventh consecutive trip to the finals.