Cranbrook golfer takes Division 2 individual crown

By: Christian Davis | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published June 28, 2011

 Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook junior Griffin Smith holds his Division 2 individual golf trophy after winning the tournament June 18 at Michigan State University.

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook junior Griffin Smith holds his Division 2 individual golf trophy after winning the tournament June 18 at Michigan State University.

Photo provided by Matt Gump

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At first, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood junior Griffin Smith wouldn’t believe his teammates, who had been telling him that his score was good enough to win the Division 2 golf individual state title June 18 at Michigan State University.

“I didn’t want to believe it because I didn’t want to be let down,” he said.

With a handful of scores still left to be posted, Smith kept patient, until finally he had to look.

“We were standing around behind the scoreboard as the teams were coming in and counting strokes,” Cranbrook coach Matt Gump said. “He went around to look and came back with a big smile on his face.”

Smith won the title, shooting 70-71 for a 3-under 141 total.

“It was the most incredible feeling,” Smith said. “I don’t even know how to describe it.”

Smith said he entered the tournament without an individual title on his mind. Instead, he was just thinking about the team being successful, which it was, finishing second overall.

“My game hadn’t been great all season, and I was just focusing on doing my best for the team, and anything I gained personally would be a bonus,” he said.

The Cranes have qualified for the final all three years Smith has been on varsity. Gump said those experiences helped.

Smith started tied for second on the final day and led off the first hole with a birdie. He then bogeyed the second and double bogeyed the third.

Gump headed over to the fourth hole expecting to lift Smith’s spirits.

“He was actually fine,” the coach said. “He knew there was a lot of golf yet to play and wasn’t worried about it.”

Smith played 3 under for the rest of the day.

“He hits the ball a mile, so he certainly has the length on that course,” Gump said. “He made a lot of birdies that weekend.

“I was thrilled,” the coach added about the title. “He worked so hard for this, the whole team did. The hard work paid off.”

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