Farmington High’s Brendan Klimas tees off at the OAA Blue and White league meet May 8 at Pontiac Country Club. Klimas posted a 78, which was the second-best score at the event.

Farmington High’s Brendan Klimas tees off at the OAA Blue and White league meet May 8 at Pontiac Country Club. Klimas posted a 78, which was the second-best score at the event.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Farmington High golf experienced and ready to go

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published May 15, 2019

 Farmington High’s Jack Johnson takes a swing at a tournament May 8 at Pontiac Country Club. Johnson shot the top score at the event, posting a 76.

Farmington High’s Jack Johnson takes a swing at a tournament May 8 at Pontiac Country Club. Johnson shot the top score at the event, posting a 76.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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FARMINGTON — Just a few years ago, the Farmington High boys golf team finished last in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

The Falcons were struggling to compete in tournaments and hit some bumps in the road. But along the way, they learned a thing or two about what it takes to win.

Fast-forward to now, and that season is a distant memory. After claiming the OAA Blue title last season, the team has carried its winning ways over to this year.

At press time, Farmington was 4-0 against OAA Blue opponents and had won both Blue Division tournaments, while finishing top three in every tournament it had played in Michigan.

“There’s been buzz at our school about how well we’re doing, and the school’s behind us, the teachers are behind us, the administrators are behind us,” coach Raymond Maleyko said. “It’s just a cool experience that we’re experiencing right now, and we want to ride this ride all the way to the middle of June, I hope.”

The Falcons have a core group of golfers who have been leading the way in seniors Jack Johnson and Josh Spencer, and sophomores Brendan Klimas and Tyler Klimas.

With the consistency of its top players and extra depth to back them up, Farmington pushed its way to No. 10 in Division 2 in the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association May 6 poll.

“The team’s really competitive, so we all push each other,” Tyler Klimas said. “I think we all support each other and get better in that way.”

Depending on the tournament, teams can send out up to five or six golfers, with the top four scores counting toward the team total. With seven golfers on the team, the Falcons have had some internal competition for the last couple of spots at tournaments.

Senior Kyle Lawson, and juniors Derek Hubler and Adam Retford have been working in and out of the lineup, but that competition has been keeping the squad motivated.

With the competitive nature of the team, Maleyko said he hasn’t brought the same lineup to every tournament, which is a good problem to have.

“They really put in the work,” Maleyko said. “They work with their own private swing coaches and they practice. They practice more than any other team I’ve had, which is cool.”

With the Oakland County Division 1 tournament scheduled for May 15 at Pontiac Country Club, Maleyko is hoping to get an idea of where his team stacks up with other teams in the area before heading off to regionals.

Last season, the Falcons finished fourth in regional play behind Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood. To advance to states, teams need to finish in the top three.

After last year’s heartbreak, the Falcons will have a shot at redemption. Prep, St. Mary’s and Cranbrook will join the Falcons at Fieldstone Golf Course May 30 for a chance at advancing to states.

The Division 2 finals will be held at Forest Akers West at Michigan State University.

“I don’t know when the last time our team went to states was,” Brendan Klimas said. “It’s been a long time, and it’s going to be special if we can do it this year.”

Call Sports Writer Zachary Manning at (586) 279-1107. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports.

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