Walled Lake Northern’s Mia Lanni putts the ball during the Oakland County girls golf tournament Sept. 18 at Pontiac Country Club. Northern will play in a regional tournament Oct. 10 at Twin Lakes Golf Club.

Walled Lake Northern’s Mia Lanni putts the ball during the Oakland County girls golf tournament Sept. 18 at Pontiac Country Club. Northern will play in a regional tournament Oct. 10 at Twin Lakes Golf Club.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

Girls golf regionals on the horizon

By: Jacob Herbert | C&G Newspapers | Published September 26, 2019

METRO DETROIT — Believe it or not, some fall high school sports are already gearing up for the postseason. Girls golf, boys soccer and boys tennis are all set to start elimination matches in early October.

For golfers, regionals officially take flight Oct. 7 across the state. Teams can send out up to five golfers, with the top four scores counting toward the team total. The top three teams in each regional and the top three individual scores on nonqualifying teams advance to the state finals Oct. 18-19.

The Division 1 and D-2 state finals will be held at Forest Akers East and Forest Akers West, respectively, on the campus of Michigan State University. D-3 state qualifiers will tee off at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University, and D-4 golfers will hit the fairways at Bedford Valley in Battle Creek.

Following is a list of where local teams will be when regionals get underway. In parentheses are the team’s state rankings according to the latest Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association polls.


Division 1
Oct. 7 at Fox Creek Golf Course

The field includes Brownstown Woodhaven, Dearborn High, Dearborn Edsel Ford, Detroit Cass Tech, Farmington High, Grosse Pointe South (4), Livonia Franklin, Livonia Stevenson and Westland John Glenn.

Last season, Dearborn finished 18th in the state, while South finished eighth.


Oct. 8 at Heather Hills Golf Club
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley, Fraser High, Macomb Dakota, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, Rochester High, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, Romeo High, Sterling Heights Stevenson, Troy Athens, Utica High, Utica Eisenhower (10) and Utica Ford II will all be battling for a postseason spot.

Stoney Creek placed eighth in the state last season, while Dakota was 17th and Eisenhower was 10th.


Oct. 10 at Twin Lakes Golf Club
The tournament includes Berkley High, Bloomfield Hills High (5), Clarkston High, Lake Orion High, Oxford High, Rochester Adams (6), Southfield A&T, Troy High, Walled Lake Central, Walled Lake Northern, Waterford Kettering and West Bloomfield High.

The field includes a handful of teams that placed in the state last year. Bloomfield Hills finished fourth, Clarkston was fifth, and Troy came in 14th.


Division 2
Oct. 10 at Farmington Hills Golf Course
The field includes Auburn Hills Avondale, Birmingham Groves (2), Birmingham Seaholm, Detroit Renaissance, Farmington Hills Mercy (3), Grosse Pointe North, North Farmington, Port Huron High, Port Huron Northern, Royal Oak High, St. Clair Shores Lakeview and Walled Lake Western.

Mercy finished fourth in the state last season, while Seaholm claimed the 13th spot.


Division 3
Oct. 10 at Raisin Valley Golf Club
Adrian High, Bloomfield Hills Marian (2), Carleton Airport, Chelsea High, Dearborn Divine Child, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (4), Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart, Grosse Ile High, Milan High, Monroe Jefferson, Parma Western and Tecumseh High make up the field.

Marian is in D-3 after finishing fifth at the D-2 state final last season. Country Day is back after taking fourth last year.


Oct. 10 at Fieldstone Golf Club
The field includes Armada High, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (5), Goodrich High (9), Macomb Lutheran North, which took seventh place in D-4 last year, Madison Heights Lamphere, ninth-place state finisher Marysville High, Ortonville Brandon, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (6), St. Clair High, Warren Regina and Yale High.

Last season, Cranbrook and Prep tied for fifth place. Marysville was ninth. Lutheran North has moved up to D-3 after placing seventh in D-4 last season.


Division 4
Oct. 9 at Fox Hills Golf — Classic Course
The field features Almont High, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, Ann Arbor Greenhills, Burton Bendle, Clawson High, Marine City Cardinal Mooney, Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central, Richmond High, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest, Royal Oak Shrine and Wixom St. Catherine of Siena Academy.

Last season, Almont placed ninth, while Gabriel Richard was the 16th-best team.