Lake Orion High wins Oakland County D-1 golf tournament

By: Zachary Manning | C&G Newspapers | Published May 17, 2019

 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Jack Stanley tees off during the Oakland County Division 1 golf tournament May 15 at Pontiac Country Club. Stanley shot a 79.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Jack Stanley tees off during the Oakland County Division 1 golf tournament May 15 at Pontiac Country Club. Stanley shot a 79.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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WATERFORD –– As the Oakland County Division 1 golf tournament began to wrap up and scores were being posted, it was clear that two teams were in for a battle.

Clarkston High’s scores came in first, with the Wolves shooting a team total of 305. Lake Orion High was waiting on one more score to be posted before the winner could be determined.

The way it stood, Lake Orion needed its final player to post an 84 to tie or anything lower to knock off the defending champs. Teams can send out up to five golfers, with the top four scores counting toward the team total.

The Dragons’ score was one of the final marks to come in. The scorer finally began to write freshman Andrew Jacques’ score, which was an 82 to clinch the tournament title.

Along with Jacques, the Dragons were paced by Justin Sui, who posted a 72. Andres Navarro added a 73, Drew Coble had a 76, and Zach Hay came in with an 85.

“This is what we prepare for. We’ve been runner-up to Clarkston how many times this year already,” Lake Orion coach Monty Gallaher said. “It’s like a heavyweight boxing match going back and forth, and we’re starting to hit our stride. Guys played great today.”

Rounding out the top 10 were Novi Detroit Catholic Central (318), Bloomfield Hills High (320), Walled Lake Northern (325), Birmingham Groves (334), Farmington High (337), Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (338), Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (339) and Novi High (345).

Farmington coach Ray Maleyko noted that the course was tough because of the wet conditions. He hopes his team can use this tournament as motivation going forward.

“Golf’s a very hard sport,” Maleyko said. “It’s kind of like life: There’s ups and downs. You take the good with the bad, and you just try to learn from your mistakes. That’s how I think we’ll use today as kind of a motivation to do better.”

Individually, Clarkston’s Noah Bridgeman shot the low round of 70. Rounding out the top five were Sui, Navarro, Prep’s Brockton English (74) and Country Day’s Scott Hanna (74).

While Bridgeman wasn’t happy with the team result, he was excited about being able to come out on top as an individual.

“I gave a few strokes away today,” Bridgeman said. “I didn’t hit my driver that well, but I made the putts and that’s what matters.”

Rounding out the field of teams were Clarkston Everest Collegiate (346), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (347), Birmingham Seaholm (349), Rochester Adams (350), Berkley High (350), Troy High (350), Oxford High (351), White Lake Lakeland (357), Troy Athens (362), South Lyon East (364), South Lyon High (367), Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (376) and Birmingham Brother Rice (397). Prep shot a 264 with three golfers.

“Very tough competition; a lot of good schools out there,” Seaholm coach Dan Trotta said. “We finished middle of the pack, and that’s about where we’ve been this year.”

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