South Lyon High wins Oakland County D-1 girls golf tournament

By: Zachary Manning | C&G Newspapers | Published September 18, 2019

 Golfers prepare to tee off at Pontiac Country Club during the Oakland County D1 girls golf tournament Sept. 18. South Lyon High took the top spot.

Golfers prepare to tee off at Pontiac Country Club during the Oakland County D1 girls golf tournament Sept. 18. South Lyon High took the top spot.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

WATERFORD –– When it comes to the game of golf, every shot counts, and that held true at the Oakland County Division 1 girls golf tournament Sept. 18 at Pontiac Country Club.

Collecting a team score of 344, South Lyon High was able to edge out Rochester Adams (345) to claim the top spot. Teams can send out five golfers, with the top four counting toward the team score.

South Lyon was paced by Katie Potter, who shot a 77. Gabriella Tapp added an 81, Emma Mackey scored a 92, Bella Campbell finished with a 94 and Olivia Tofil had a 97.

“The girls came through really well,” South Lyon coach Dan Skatzka said. “So many years we’ve been so close to winning this, and this year, the right combination happened, and the girls just had some really good rounds.”

After South Lyon and Adams, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (350), Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (356) and Troy High (357) rounded out the top five.

For Adams, losing by one stroke was tough, but coach Jeff Kutschman was proud of the way his team played throughout the day.

“Tough conditions today. You can see that from the scores across the board, and they came out and really played well. It’s a testament to their work and how hard they’ve been working all season,” Kutschman said.

Rounding out the field was Bloomfield Hills Marian (360), Birmingham Groves (367), Bloomfield Hills High (367), Birmingham Seaholm (374), Walled Lake Northern (384), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (384), Farmington Hills Mercy (387), Lake Orion High (390), Rochester High (392), Clarkston High (395), South Lyon East (403) and North Farmington (420).

Seaholm coach Doug Baltz was also proud of the way his team played and wants his team to use this experience going forward.

“I really enjoyed the perseverance of having good shots and bad shots, and that’s the name of the game,” Baltz said.

Individually, Stoney Creek’s Sophia Ubaydi was the top scorer, posting a 76. Potter, Marian’s Shannon Kennedy (78), Tapp, Troy Athens’ Olivia Hemmila (82) and Troy’s Donna Yoon (82) rounded out the top five individual scorers.

“I feel really proud of myself and how I played today,” Ubaydi said. “Just seeing how I was my freshman year, I think I almost came in like last place with a 101, so just the improvement that I’ve had, I’m really proud of myself.”