Grosse Pointe South lands two players on All-State golf team

By: Zachary Manning | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 27, 2018

 Grosse Pointe South sophomore Audrey Becker watches her ball after a swing during the Macomb County golf tournament earlier this year. Becker was named to the All-State golf team with teammate Kaitlin Ifkovits.

Grosse Pointe South sophomore Audrey Becker watches her ball after a swing during the Macomb County golf tournament earlier this year. Becker was named to the All-State golf team with teammate Kaitlin Ifkovits.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

 Grosse Pointe South junior Kaitlin Ifkovits poses for a photo after a tournament earlier this season. Ifkovits had a two-day score of 165 at the Division 1 state finals at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek.

Grosse Pointe South junior Kaitlin Ifkovits poses for a photo after a tournament earlier this season. Ifkovits had a two-day score of 165 at the Division 1 state finals at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek.

Photo provided by Kristen Ifkovits

GROSSE POINTES — When Kaitlin Ifkovits and Audrey Becker found out they had been named to the All-State golf team, a wave of emotions hit them.

Becker said she was honored and couldn’t believe that she had made the team, while Ifkovits almost let out a scream of excitement.

“I was beyond honored and realized that my hard work throughout the season had paid off. It truly is a great accomplishment,” Ifkovits said.

As great as it was to be named to the All-State team, both said that being named together made the honor even more special. They competed against each other in practice and in matches throughout the year and became even better friends along the way.

Becker, a sophomore, believes that they are the best No. 1 and No. 2 combo in Division 1, and being recognized together at the state level backs that up.

“Every day, we talk together and joke about our scores and whatever, and it’s always been like a back and forth, which makes it even more fun ’cause I know her so well,” Becker said. “Even in practices, we’ll have little competitions, and it’s always just kind of going back and forth, which makes us both better.”

Despite playing together over the last few years, Becker and Ifkovits could become rivals if things go the way they hope. Ifkovits’ dream is to play at Michigan State University, while Becker has been thinking about the University of Michigan.

Ifkovits, who is a junior, has heard from schools like Siena Heights University and Geneva College in Pennsylvania. Becker has family ties to Michigan, but she has also been looking at UCLA and other schools out west.

“It would be such an honor to play at the next level in college, especially if it were to be at MSU, as I’ve wanted to go there basically my entire life. But, in general, I can’t express how amazing it would be to continue my career at the collegiate level, knowing that all the work I have put into this sport would be recognized,” Ifkovits said.

As a team, Grosse Pointe South placed eighth at the Division 1 state final Oct. 19-20 at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek, shooting a two-day score of 720. The team comprised Becker, Ifkovits, Gray Rahm, Ashton Smith, Mia Rancilio and Jennifer Crowley.

South coach Rob McIntyre was proud of the way his team played throughout the season, and  he is excited to have everyone back for next year.

“When you have juniors, sophomores and freshmen that are taking instruction on board with the program and they enthusiastically want to be challenged, they want to play at that highest level, that’s nothing but a good thing. It was a whole lot of fun to have the opportunity to work with them,” McIntyre said.