Utica Eisenhower golfers Ariel Chang, left, Alexis Sharplin, Allison Cortshall and Hannah Dunn Sept. 19 led the Eagles to a Macomb County Invitational title.

Utica Eisenhower golfers Ariel Chang, left, Alexis Sharplin, Allison Cortshall and Hannah Dunn Sept. 19 led the Eagles to a Macomb County Invitational title.

Photo by Jason Carmel Davis


Eisenhower girls golf wins Macomb County Invitational title

Eagles sophomore records low round for second straight year

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published September 19, 2018

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Ten girls golf teams competed at the 2018 Macomb County Invitational Sept. 19 at Cherry Creek Golf Club and one team that had been on the brink of claiming a county title finally broke through.

Utica Eisenhower finished with a score of 353 to claim the county championship. The Eagles win ends a four-year run for Macomb Lutheran North, which has also won two consecutive state championships.

Eagles coach Jerry Griesbach said this is the first county title of his tenure. Griesbach has led the program for 14 years.

“The first couple of times we came in second, we were proud of ourselves,” Griesbach said. “Then it started to get frustrating, but Lutheran North has had a good team, so hats off to them. But this shows that if you’re persistent that good things can happen.”

Sophomore Ariel Chang led Eisenhower with a low-round 72 to earn Medalist honors for the second straight year. Eagles sophomore Alexis Sharplin shot an 83. Eagles juniors Allison Gottshall and Hannah Dunn shot 92 and 106, respectively.

Griesbach said persistence helped his team break through to win a county championship.

“All of the girls are individuals. One had some trouble putting. One stayed in the sand and another couldn’t stay in the fairway,” Griesbach said. “But they just kept playing. This win makes me smile.”

Macomb Dakota finished second with a 357 and was led by Mya Wielgosz and Bryn Duncan, who both posted an 88. Lutheran North was third with a 387. Kaity Rittner, a member of both Mustangs state title-winning teams, shot a team-low 82.

Warren Regina finished fourth with a 401 and was led by Charlotte Thibault’s 92. St. Clair Shores Lakeview took fifth with a 421. Megan Paczes led the Huskies with an 81 — the second-lowest round of the tournament.

Next was Utica High, which notched a 455. Sienna Schultz paced the Chieftains with a 90.

Utica Ford II finished with a 473. Sterling Heights Stevenson and Macomb L’Anse Creuse North tallied 578 and 581, respectively.

Chang was the standout of the tournament. Griesbach called the sophomore a skilled, hard-working golfer who practices twice as much as anyone else. The Eisenhower coach said Chang also serves as a team leader, who works hard to keep morale high.

“I played in a lot of individual tournaments, so I always had to think after a bad shot that I need to get it out of my head and move on to the next one,” said Chang, who racked up three birdies at the tournament. “That’s tough to do when you’re out there by yourself, so I try to do that for my teammates as much as I can.

“This is great for our team. We’ve been really close since I joined the team. I couldn’t think of another group of girls I’d want to win with.”