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May 21, 2013

Tough slate readies Lutheran North Golf team for playoffs

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Tough slate readies Lutheran North Golf team for playoffs
The Macomb Lutheran North boys golf team is looking for a return trip to the MHSAA D-3 state finals, where the Mustangs finished 12th in 2012. Pictured is Lutheran North’s No. 1 golfer, senior co-captain Dan Raicevich, during a May 8 match against Birmingham Brother Rice.

MACOMB —The Macomb Lutheran North boys golf team does not shy away from tough competition, according to coach Mike Morris.

So far this season, the Mustangs have faced two of the top teams in Division 1 (Detroit Catholic Central and Birmingham Brother Rice) and one of the best teams in Division 2 (Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook). That’s done by design, Morris said, and prepares Lutheran North for the stiff competition it will see in the 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state playoffs.

“We made it all the way to the (D-3) state finals last year and placed 12th,” Morris said. “I think our success in the postseason comes in part because of how we schedule. We schedule up a lot, meaning we play teams in Division 1 and Division 2, along with playing tough teams in the (Michigan Catholic High School League).”

The Mustangs had a record of 5-5, 1-5 CHSL Central Division at press time.

Morris said he is still looking for his group to put it all together on the same day. He said there are matches when two or three of his five players have solid rounds, but there hasn’t been a day where all five players have played their best at the same time.

“But they all have the potential to get low scores,” Morris said. “Hopefully, we’ll get things right by the time the (district round) begins.”

The MHSAA district round begins May 29. The Mustangs will tee it up at Holly Meadows Golf Club.

Morris said he thinks his group can lead Lutheran North back to the D-3 finals, set for June 14-15 at the Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek, which the Mustangs played at May 4.

That group of golfers consists of senior co-captain Dan Raicevich, freshman Scott Sparks, senior co-captain Davis Harm,  sophomore Jamesen McHale and senior Jake Stopin.

Each of those five has a best round of 83 or lower, according to Morris, who added  each Lutheran North golfer possesses strong fundamentals.

“We’ve got to work on our chipping if we want to win. We need easier putts, so it’s important to chip to within 5 feet of the cup instead of 10 feet. It’s all about the short game.”

The Mustangs next hit the links for a matchup with Armada, set for 3 p.m. May 22 at the Cracklewood Golf Club in Macomb.

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