Reigning champ defends title at Macomb County golf invitational

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published May 10, 2019

 Warren De La Salle’s Chris Comito watches a shot May 3 at the Macomb County Invitational. Comito shot a low-round 71 to help the Pilots claim their sixth straight county championship.

Warren De La Salle’s Chris Comito watches a shot May 3 at the Macomb County Invitational. Comito shot a low-round 71 to help the Pilots claim their sixth straight county championship.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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MACOMB COUNTY — The boys golf teams in Macomb County will have to wait yet another year to try to wrestle the Macomb County Invitational title away from the reigning champ.

Warren De La Salle posted a 294 team score to claim the Macomb County Invitational title May 3 at the Timberwood Golf Club in Ray Township.

The Pilots — who have won six straight county titles — finished 23 strokes better than second-place Utica Ford II, which tallied a 317.

De La Salle’s Chris Comito was the medalist. He finished with a 1-under-par 71.

“My putting was going really well today,” Comito said after the tournament. “I did really well on the back nine to put us in position to finish with a really good score.

“It’s a pretty short course, and I hit the ball pretty well off the tee, so that helped a lot.”

All five Pilots golfers shot below 80. The top four scores from each team are factored into the final team score.

De La Salle’s Ethan Tram finished with a 73, which tied for second with Ford’s Ryan Conway. De La Salle’s Adam Burghardt and Cam Christian shot 74 and 76, respectively.

“We’re pretty young this year, playing a junior and four sophomores,” De La Salle coach Doug McKay said. The Pilots have won 15 Macomb County invite titles since 1996. “The group has played pretty well together. Winning this tournament will give them a lot of confidence.”

Conway said confidence is especially important since regionals take place later this month.

“There’s a lot of good teams and golfers here, so we were up against some good competition,” Conway said. “We’ve got the potential to make a run, so it was good to see us play well (at the county invite).”

Romeo High finished third by tallying a 326, led by Tyler Czapski’s 78; Macomb L’Anse Creuse North — led by Evan Debruyne’s 76 — was next with a 329; and rounding out the top five was Macomb Dakota, led by Justin Tranzow’s 78.

The rest of the field included Utica Eisenhower (338), Fraser High (366), St. Clair Shores Lakeview (369), Macomb Lutheran North (369), Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (376), Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (385), Utica High (400), Warren Cousino (406), Armada High (408), St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (436) and Eastpointe High (463).

Warren Woods Tower and Sterling Heights Parkway Christian did not have enough players compete to record a final team score.

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