Golfers walk the course at the Timberwood Golf Club during the 2018 Macomb County boys golf tournament. The 2019 competition is set for 9 a.m. May 3 at Timberwood.

Golfers walk the course at the Timberwood Golf Club during the 2018 Macomb County boys golf tournament. The 2019 competition is set for 9 a.m. May 3 at Timberwood.

File photo by Deb Jacques


Macomb County boys golf tournament on the horizon

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published April 26, 2019

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MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County boys golf tournament takes place at 9 a.m. May 3 at Ray Township’s Timberwood Golf Club, and the teams taking part will look to knock off a champ that has had a strong grip on the county championship for some time.

Warren De La Salle has won five straight county championships. At least 15 other squads will battle to take the mantle from the Pilots.

The current run of success at the county meet is a personal best for De La Salle coach Doug McKay. He previously led the Pilots to four straight county titles on two separate occasions.

The last two county meets have ended with similar top fives.

In 2018, Utica Eisenhower finished second, with Macomb Dakota, Utica Ford II and New Baltimore Anchor Bay rounding out the top five. The top of the leaderboard in 2017 saw Ford take second place, followed by Dakota, Eisenhower and Sterling Heights Stevenson.

Teams can send out up to five golfers, with the top four scores counting toward the team tally.

The forecast for May 3 calls for a high of 69 degrees and scattered thunderstorms, with wind gusts ranging from 10 to 15 miles per hour.

Utica High golf coach Robert Morin called Timberwood a long course with some very challenging holes.

“The boys will have to keep (the ball) on the short grass if they expect to score well,” Morin said.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley coach Corey Smith said the tournament provides coaches with a good barometer as to where their team stacks up in the county.

Smith, in his first year leading the Big Reds, is working with a young team that he said has already improved a lot this season.

“I know we are still building toward something more and have a ways to go to reach the top of the golf in the county,” Smith said, “but it will be a nice gauge  to see just where we stand.”

Morin is in the same position as Smith, as the Utica coach also has a young roster. Morin said competing in the county tournament will only make his players better and further prepare them for years of upcoming competitions.

“My expectation for this group of players is to improve every time they step on a golf course,” Morin said. “We don’t have the luxury of experience, so we need to embrace the opportunity the Macomb County tournament presents to us and appreciate the chance to be a part of it.”

For a full recap of the Macomb County golf tournament after the action, visit candgnews.com/sports.

Sports Writers Jacob Herbert and Mark Vest contributed to this report.

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