Local girls golf teams show out at state finals

By: Jacob Herbert | C&G Newspapers | Published October 26, 2018

 Farmington Hills Mercy’s Sophia VanderWeele tees off Oct. 19 in the Division 2 state final at Michigan State University. The Marlins finished in fourth place.

Farmington Hills Mercy’s Sophia VanderWeele tees off Oct. 19 in the Division 2 state final at Michigan State University. The Marlins finished in fourth place.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 Warren Regina’s Charlotte Thibault watches her shot in the Division 3 state final Oct. 19 at Michigan State University. The freshman qualified as an individual and shot a 176 over 36 holes.

Warren Regina’s Charlotte Thibault watches her shot in the Division 3 state final Oct. 19 at Michigan State University. The freshman qualified as an individual and shot a 176 over 36 holes.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

METRO DETROIT — Girls golf teams from around the state fought their way to their respective state finals, which took place Oct. 19-20 at various sites.

That includes many teams from schools inside the C & G Sports coverage area.

Here’s a look at how the local programs finished in each division and the individuals who placed in the top 10.

 

Division 1 at Bedford Valley
Northville High won a state title, finishing with a two-day total of 630. Traverse City West’s Anika Dy notched the top individual score with a 140.

Locally, Bloomfield Hills High finished fourth with a 670; Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (720) and Grosse Pointe South tied for eighth; Utica Eisenhower (724) finished 10th; Troy High (746) placed 14th; and Macomb Dakota (796) ended 17th.

“I was extremely proud of how our team fared, not only during this year’s state tournament, but the entire season,” Stoney Creek coach Anthony Lafferty said. “In weather conditions that included wind, rain, sleet and hail, the girls performed admirably. And with three of our starting five returning for next year, I am very optimistic about our chances next year as well.”

Individually, Bloomfield Hills’ Mikaela Schultz finished second with a 146; Ike’s Ariel Chang placed third by shooting a 148; Rochester High’s Savannah Hague (160) came in ninth; and Stoney Creek’s Domitille Chambon (161) finished tied for 10th.

 

Division 2 at Michigan State University
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern finished the season atop D-2, shooting a team-total 656. Forest Hills Northern also had the top individual finisher, as Kay Zubkus shot a 151.

Locally, Farmington Hills Mercy finished fourth with a 724; Bloomfield Hills Marian (730) placed fifth; and Birmingham Seaholm (778) finished 13th.

Individually, Bloomfield Hills Marian’s Shannon Kennedy (153) finished third; Mercy’s Mia Sooch placed seventh with a 159; and Seaholm’s Hailey Roovers (166) finished 10th.

 

Division 3 at Michigan State University
Flint Powers was best in D-3, finishing the tournament with a 659.

Individually, it was Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s Danielle Staskowski taking home the championship. She shot a 152, then beat Powers’ Jolie Bochu on the first playoff hole to win the title.

Locally, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day finished fourth overall, shooting a 714. Bloomfield Cranbrook Kingswood and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (725) finished tied for fifth.

Individually, Country Day’s Kristina Roberts (154) finished third.

 

Division 4 at Grand Valley State University
Harbor Springs High won the crown by shooting a 730. Alissa Fish, from Brooklyn Columbia Central, won among individual golfers by shooting a 162 over two days.

Locally, Macomb Lutheran North (781) finished seventh. Kaity Rittner led the team shooting a 171 and placing tied for fourth individually.

“We went into the (final) with the highest regional score in the state for Division 4,” Lutheran North co-coach Lori Gill said. “I told the team, with that score, we didn’t deserve to go and the only thing they can do is prove we did deserve to get there. I told them the way to prove themselves is to finish in the top 10. And the rest, as they say, is history. So I am very pleased with seventh place.”