A golfer tees off during last year’s Oakland County Division 1 boys golf tournament. This year’s tourney will take place May 15 at Pontiac Country Club.

A golfer tees off during last year’s Oakland County Division 1 boys golf tournament. This year’s tourney will take place May 15 at Pontiac Country Club.

File photo by Deb Jacques

Oakland County golfers set to meet at Pontiac Country Club

By: Zachary Manning | C&G Newspapers | Published May 2, 2019


OAKLAND COUNTY –– The Oakland County Division 1 golf tournament is set to take place May 15 at Pontiac Country Club, where teams from around the area will battle for county bragging rights.

Teams will be looking to knock off defending champion Clarkston High, which won last year’s tournament by six stokes. Over the last couple of years, the top five has looked very similar.

Clarkston, Novi Detroit Catholic Central, Birmingham Seaholm and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood have been in the top five each of the last two years. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Lake Orion High have also made top five appearances in that same time frame.

Heading into the tournament, Catholic Central, Clarkston, Birmingham Brother Rice and Lake Orion were ranked in the top 10 in Division 1 in the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association May 1 poll.

Coaches around the area have high praise for the tournament and consider it one of the best events to play in before the state tournament.

“You always get to see good golf at the Oakland County tournament, especially Division 1,” Troy Athens coach Dan Cooper said. “The top 10 teams in Oakland County will probably go to (the state finals) in their respective divisions. Aside from our league meets, Oakland County D-1 is the biggest event we go to before regional.”

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

Rochester Adams coach Dan Picot said the field is very competitive and described the atmosphere of the tournament as “intense.” The Highlanders took seventh last year.

“The county is as strong of a field as our regional and the state field. So this is a great way to prepare for the coming weeks and state regionals,” Picot said.

To fare well, Farmington High coach Raymond Maleyko said golfers know they must be able to control their second or third shots. He also noted that the course does a nice job of preparing for the tournament.

“Pontiac Country Club is a challenging venue that rewards good golf shots and punishes bad shots,” Maleyko said. “There is a very competitive atmosphere on the day of the event, and each player for each school wants to do really well.”

Individually, the field of golfers should be competitive, as five underclassmen finished in the top 10 last season, including Clarkston’s Patrick Deardorff who returns after falling two shots shy last year of the individual title.

Returning teams from last season include: Clarkston, Seaholm, Lake Orion, Catholic Central, Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills High, Adams, St. Mary’s, Farmington, Brother Rice, Oxford High, Berkley High, Novi High, Birmingham Groves, Walled Lake Northern, Athens, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, South Lyon East, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day and Clarkston Everest Collegiate.

Come back to candgnews.com/sports for a full recap of the Oakland County golf tournament after the action.

Sports Writer Mark Vest contributed to this report.