Top golfers battle for county crown

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published May 19, 2016

 Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood’s Devin Deogun hits a tee shot in the Oakland County Tournament May 18 at Pontiac Country Club. Deogun shot 78 to tie for 24th place.

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood’s Devin Deogun hits a tee shot in the Oakland County Tournament May 18 at Pontiac Country Club. Deogun shot 78 to tie for 24th place.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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PONTIAC — Oakland County is once again a hotbed of golf talent.

The best of the area competed for bragging rights in the county tournament May 18 at Pontiac Country Club, featuring four teams ranked in the state.

Novi Detroit Catholic Central showed why it’s been routinely ranked as the top team in the state, winning the tournament with a team total of 290.

The Shamrocks, who were missing two starters due to school responsibilities, won the county and state titles last season.

“It’s a confidence booster every time you win a tournament and motivates us to do better,” Catholic Central’s James Piot said.

Piot took medalist honors with a 2-under 70 in his first time playing at Pontiac Country Club.

Rochester High’s Michael Busse finished second with 71. Bloomfield Hills High’s Gran Haefner was third, shooting even. In all, 14 golfers shot 75 or better.

Bloomfield Hills had its best finish in the county tournament ever, taking second with a 303.

“There’s still work to be done, but this gives us a lot of confidence heading into districts, but the big thing is the regional and getting to the state final,” Bloomfield Hills coach Dave Barrett said.

The coach added that he was pleased with his team’s resiliency.

“There hasn’t been one guy that has given up on his round all year. They continue to keep clawing and battling,” he said.

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep finished third with 312, Clarkston High was fourth with 313, and Birmingham Brother Rice rounded out the top five with 317.

The rest of the field included Rochester High (318), Rochester Adams (318), Birmingham Seaholm (318), Troy High (321), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (322), Lakeland High (323), Novi High (325), Troy Athens (327), Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (331), Berkley High (332), Farmington High (334), Lake Orion High (335), Auburn Hills Avondale (341), Oxford High (342), Walled Lake Central (345), North Farmington (347), Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (353), Holly High (354) and South Lyon High (376).

For many coaches, the county tournament also served as a warm-up before district tournaments begin May 25-28 across the state.

“I’m not too worried about this. The districts are what’s important,” Berkley coach Scott Baltes said. “It can always be better; it can always be worse. This is Division 1. There are some of the best teams in the state here. It definitely shows us what we have to look for in districts, and we know what we have to shoot.”

Troy High coach John Getzan was pleased with his team’s performance.

“As a group, we’ve been very consistent. We’re making progress at the right time going into districts. We feel good where we are; it’s a positive note for us,” he said.

For a list of each team’s district assignment, visit www.mhsaa.com.

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