Metro DetroitJune 19, 2013
State’s best prep golfers take to the course
By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer
The boys golf season wrapped up at various locations across the state June 14-15 in the four divisional state final tournaments.
Teams sent out five golfers, with the top four scores counting toward the team total. In case of a tie for the title, the fifth golfer was then used to determine a winner.
Here’s a look at how each division played out and the golfers who earned spots in the top 10.
Division 1 at Forest Akers West at Michigan State University
Battle Creek Lakeview prevailed for the state title with a 601 total, beating Plymouth High on a tiebreaker.
Mona Shores and Detroit Novi Catholic Central tied for third after shooting 610.
Rounding out the field are Traverse City West (617), Saline High (617), Hartland High (620), White Lake Lakeland (622), Rochester Adams (629), Grosse Pointe South (629), Utica Eisenhower (631), Rockford High (636), Detroit U-D Jesuit (645), Canton High (652) and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (658).
Individually, it took three extra holes, but Plymouth’s Kyle Rodes beat Alex Kleckner, of White Lake Lakeland, in a playoff after each shot at two-day, 36-hole total of 143.
Rockford’s A.J. Varekois shot 147 and took third, and Catholic Central’s Phil Ritchie and Lakeview’s Landon Osborne each shot 148 to tie for fourth.
Saline’s Ian Martin, Canton’s Donnie Trosper and Plymouth’s John Tatti each carded 149 to tie for sixth.
Grosse Pointe South’s Joe Becker, Traverse City Central’s Winton Munch and Lakeview’s Matt Alderink all shot 150 to round out the top 10.
Division 2 at The Meadows Golf Course at Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids Christian seized a six-stroke lead after the first day and didn’t look back, finishing with a 636 total.
Marshall High gave chase, coming in second with 642, and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood was third with 645.
Rounding out the field are East Lansing (650), Ogemaw Heights (659), Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (664), Comstock Park (665), DeWitt High (665), East Grand Rapids (667), Trenton High (676), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (678), Gaylord High (693), Petoskey High (694), Battle Creek Harper Creek (713) and Richland Gull Lake (713).
Individually, Comstock Park’s Ryan Bayer took the title, shooting 149. Hamilton High’s Nick Carlson fired 151 for second and Forest Hills Northern’s Spencer Schab carded 152 for third.
Grand Rapids Christian’s Ben Vanscoyk and Croswell-Lexington’s Austin Carter tied for fourth after each carded 153.
Country Day’s Rishi Patel totaled 154 for sixth; Prep’s Jack Zohoury and Ostego’s Logan Haight each shot 155 to tie for seventh; New Boston Huron’s Tyler Olson totaled 156 for ninth; and Grand Rapids Christian’s Tommy Reitema and DeWitt’s Owen Beyer each shot 158 to tie for 10th.
Division 3 at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek
After trailing by seven shots after the first day, Lansing Catholic battled back to win the title with a 613 total.
Jackson Lumen Christi was the first-day leader, but finished with 618 for second.
Alma High shot 627 for third, while Hanover-Horton (638), Almont High (643), Grosse Ile High (645), Grand Rapids West Catholic (647), Macomb Lutheran North (651), Roscommon High (661), Tawas Area (663), Essexville Garber (665), Manistee High (666), Charlevoix High (683), Grand Rapids North Pointe Christian (690) and Coloma High (730) rounded out the rest of the field.
Individually, Sam Weatherhead from Grand Rapids West Central was tops, shooting 140. Lansing Catholic’s Brent Marshall was next closest with 147.
Lumen Christi’s Connor Maddalena and Alma’s Brett Green each fired 148 to tie for third.
Almont’s Gavin Depauw and Joe Torres, along with Lumen Christi’s Dean Hitt and Alma’s Jay Green, all carded 150 to tie for fifth.
Leslie’s Paisilp Kanil and Lansing Catholic’s Jacob Johnson each shot 152 to round out the top 10.
Division 4 at Forest Akers East at Michigan State
Kalamazoo Hackett dominated the field on its way to the title, shooting a 600 total: 21 shots better than second-place Saginaw Nouvel.
Rounding out the field were Sutton’s Bay, which finished third with 630, New Lothrop (642), Fowler High (657), Pentwater High (659), North Muskegon (663), Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (663), Hillsdale Academy (668), Lincoln Alcona (669), St. Thomas More (679), Harbor Springs (681), Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest (683), Concord High (685) and Grosse Pointe University Liggett (686).
Individually, it went to two extra holes, but Hackett’s Ted Rider is the champion. He beat Manistee Catholic Central’s Zack Bialik in a playoff after the twosome shot 142 each.
Hackett’s Colin Joseph was just behind with 144, coming in third; Eau Claire’s Andy Vanderburg shot 145 for fourth; and Nouvel’s Brody Schiller carded 146 for fifth.
Nouvel’s Nick Ludka, Fowler’s Austin Feldpausch and Suttons Bay’s Sean Lammy each shot 147 to tie for sixth; and Hackett’s Luke Stull and Petersburg-Summerfield’s Wyatt Spalding each totaled 148 to round out the top 10.