Oakland County D-1 girls golf tournament right around the corner

By: Zachary Manning | C&G Newspapers | Published September 6, 2019

 Pontiac Country Club, pictured from last year’s Oakland County tournament, will once again play host to the prestigious event. Golfers take to the fairways Sept. 18. Bloomfield Hills High has won the last two years.

Pontiac Country Club, pictured from last year’s Oakland County tournament, will once again play host to the prestigious event. Golfers take to the fairways Sept. 18. Bloomfield Hills High has won the last two years.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Advertisement

OAKLAND COUNTY — The field at the Oakland County Division 1 girls golf tournament features multiple top teams each year, and 2019 is no different.

When golfers hit the course at Pontiac Country Club Sept. 18, fans, coaches and players can expect to see some top-notch golf.

Bloomfield Hills High leads the field as back-to-back champions of the event and was ranked ninth in D-1 in the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association’s Aug. 30 poll.

Other top teams playing include Rochester Adams (No. 6 in D-1), Farmington Hills Mercy (No. 4 in D-2), Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (No. 4 in D-3), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (No. 5 in D-3) and Bloomfield Hills Marian (No. 6 in D-3).

Teams are allowed to send out up to five golfers, with the top four scores counting toward each team’s final score.

“I believe there are a number of teams that could win this event this year,” Bloomfield Hills coach Brendan Harrington said. “I do not believe there to be one team that stands out, in my opinion. Hopefully, this is an event where all schools competing can bring their top five and make it a very competitive, fun day.”

“I think this year’s tournament will be a good one,” Rochester High coach Jeff Haney said. “I don’t think there is one clear-cut favorite, so it should be interesting to see who comes out on top.”

With a competitive field, a lot of coaches are able to use this tournament as a measuring stick for their team.

“This tournament is always great preparation for the state finals since so many good teams play in it,” Haney said. “It’s also a prestigious tournament to win, in my opinion, so playing with good teams and playing under some pressure is good practice for later in the season.”

Harrington said his team is excited and ready for the challenge of competing for a third consecutive title at the event.

“We specifically play our second day of tryouts at this course as a practice round for the event,” Harrington said. “We take this tournament very seriously and my team is excited. If the girls play like they are capable of playing, we have as good a shot as any at winning this year. Defending our back-to-back championships in this tournament would be awesome, but we are well-aware of how challenging that feat is. The girls will be ready to go, though.”

Sports Writer Jacob Herbert contributed to this report.

Advertisement