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Falcons leave no doubt

By: Christian Davis | Rochester Post | Published October 18, 2016

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Like it had done all season long, when the Rochester High girls golf team had its best on the course, the Falcons were unbeatable.

Rochester blitzed the field in the Division 1 state final Oct. 14-15 at Michigan State University, finishing with a team-total 618, which was 21 strokes better than the closest competition.

Coach Jeff Haney said he didn’t necessarily expect the large margin of victory, but he believed he had the team to beat.

“I knew if we just played normal, I feel like we have the best team,” he said. “I told the girls, ‘It’s not match play out there against the other girls in your group. Just do your job, and it’ll take care of itself.’”

The championship, which is the program’s third since 2008, was all the more sweet after finishing runner-up last season. The Falcons lost on a tiebreaker.

“That’s probably why I’m so happy for them, because of what they had to go through to get it,” Haney said.

Brooke Busse led the way with 148, Veronica Haque carded a 150, Savannah Haque shot a 158, Erika Yang finished with a 163, and Keri Yang totaled a 166.

After last season’s loss, Haney said the squad made a commitment not to let it happen again.

“I said, ‘Listen, I know everyone is upset we lost in a tiebreaker, but let’s take responsibility. What are we going to do about it? … Let’s make a decision that we’re going to win this thing,’” Haney said.

On the way to the state title, the Falcons won Oakland Activities Association Red Division and Oakland County titles. Rochester never lost a tournament when four of the top five golfers were in its lineup.

At the final, the Falcons had the low score each day, shooting 310 the first 18 holes and then going two strokes lower to close it out.

“That’s probably the thing I’m most happy about. We were in the lead, but all the girls really looked forward to playing the next day,” Haney said. “We talked all year about doing our best. They always use that as motivation: ‘Can we get better?’ They were even doing it at the state final.”

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