Bloomfield Hills High golf sets the early pace

By: Christian Davis | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 2, 2016

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The new kids on the block, Bloomfield Hills High golf has quickly shown it belongs in the top division of the Oakland Activities Association.

Through three of six Red Division tournaments, the Black Hawks were in first place in arguably one of the toughest divisions in the state.

“This is the first year that we’ve competed in the Red,” Bloomfield Hills coach Dave Barrett said, noting that the Black Hawks were in the White Division last season. “This is a new year for us, it’s good, and I like it. There’s really good competition and parity. They’re really into their golf, and I like it.”

The parity has shown itself in the results. In each of the three divisional tournaments, there’s been a different winner, with Troy High taking the first, Rochester High the second and Bloomfield Hills winning the third.

The Black Hawks finished third and second, respectively, in the first two tournaments. Rochester Adams, Lake Orion High and Clarkston High make up the rest of the division.

“There are four teams right in the hunt. Is it a goal to win the Red? Absolutely, without question, but we have to play really well and on some tough courses,” Barrett said.

The Black Hawks’ success shouldn’t come as a surprise. The roster features five seniors and a junior from a team that finished eighth in the state last season. They are currently ranked No. 5 in the state, according to the latest Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association poll.

Senior Grant Haefner has led the way, shooting routinely in the low 70s.

“He’s gone crazy. He’s golfing amazingly well,” Barrett said. “He’s been driven for the last year. No one has worked harder than him over the last seven months. … He’s been on an absolute mission to compete with the best golfers in the state.”

Daniel Settecerri is another senior who can go low. However, Barrett said he’s still finding his rhythm.

“He’s such a great golfer. He’ll be fine. He has great self-discipline, but right now the putts have just not been falling for him, and that’s about it,” the coach said. “When we say Daniel had a bad round, it’s a 77 or 78, just not the 71 that he wants, but he’ll be there in no time at all.”  

Senior Otis Ferguson rounds out the top three.

“He worked incredibly hard last summer as well. He’s absolutely poised,” Barrett said.

Seniors Jimmy Barrett and Charlie Cole, along with junior Robert Ferguson Jr., make up the rest of the roster.

With the experience and talent on the squad, the coach feels there are still better scores on the way.

“We just haven’t been able to put four scores together all in the same day, which is always the battle in golf,” he said.

Following the Red Division play, Barrett said the attention then turns to the postseason.

“The goal is to always be a state competitor, to give yourself an opportunity to make the state final,” he said. “Do I think we can do that, do we have the team? Yes, but we have to put it all together. … If we can make it to the state final, I’m convinced we can be top five, possibly top three.” 

Catch the Black Hawks at the Division 1 Oakland County Tournament at 8:30 a.m. May 18 at Pontiac Country Club.

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